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Rolled Turkey Breast with Sausage & Herb Stuffing

5 stars based on 14 votes

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It’s turkey time, people. If you’re planning on roasting a traditional Thanksgiving bird, you can read my advice and watch a funny (and reassuring) video about cooking turkey here. But if you’re open to trying something a little different — or just don’t want to bother with roasting a huge bird — I highly recommend this rolled turkey breast with sausage stuffing adapted from Food Network’s Patrick and Gina Neely. It’s so much more flavorful than your typical roast turkey and cooks in just 1-1/4 hours. What’s more, it can be made entirely ahead of time and is a cinch to carve.

ingredients

To begin, make the stuffing. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until soft.

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Add the garlic and sausage and continue to cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the sausage is cooked and slightly browned, about 5 minutes.

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Add the wine, rosemary and thyme and cook for two minutes more, using your wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Remove from the heat.

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In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg, stuffing cubes, chicken broth, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and sausage mixture.

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Stir until all the bread is moistened.

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Place the butterflied turkey breast skin-side up on a countertop or work surface and pound to an even 1/2-inch thickness. Flip the breast over so it’s skin-side-down, then spoon about half of the stuffing in an even 1/2-inch layer over the breast, leaving a 1-inch border all around. (You’ll cook the remaining stuffing separately.)

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Starting at the long end, roll the turkey into a long cylinder. Tie the roll with kitchen string with about 1-1/2 inches between each knot, and then trim the strings.

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Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place an oven-proof rack over top. Place the turkey seam-side down on the rack, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

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Roast for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roll reads 155°F.

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Remove the turkey from the oven and let rest, loosely tented with foil for 15 minutes. The turkey will rise in temperature as it rests to 165°F. Snip the kitchen twine. Transfer the roll to a cutting board and slice into 1/2-inch thick slices.

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Arrange on a platter and serve with gravy.

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Rolled Turkey Breast with Sausage & Herb Stuffing

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Total Time: 2 Hours

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 large stalks celery, finely diced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces mild Italian pork sausage, casings removed (or substitute chicken or turkey sausage)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 9 cups store-bought seasoned or unseasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1-3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 (5-6 pound) skin-on turkey breast, boned and butterflied (see note)
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Homemade gravy, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and sausage and continue to cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the sausage is cooked and slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the wine, rosemary and thyme and cook for 2 minutes more, using your wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg, stuffing cubes, chicken broth, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and sausage mixture. Stir until all the bread is moistened.
  4. Place the butterflied turkey breast skin-side down on a countertop or work surface and cover with plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound the turkey breast to an even 1/2-inch thickness. Rub the meat with 1 tablespoon of the oil, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Spoon about half of the stuffing in an even 1/2-inch layer over the breast, leaving a 1-inch border all around. (Place the extra stuffing in a buttered 8-inch baking dish, and bake during the last 40 minutes of the turkey's cooking time.)
  5. Starting at the long end, roll the turkey into a long cylinder (start at the end with less skin; this way the skin will end up mostly on the outside of the roll). Don't worry if the stuffing peeks out in some spots. Tie the roll with kitchen string with about 1-1/2 inches between each knot, and then trim the strings.
  6. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place an oven-proof rack over top. Spray the rack with nonstick cooking spray. Place the turkey seam-side down on the rack. Drizzle with the remaining tablespoon oil and season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Roast for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roll reads 155°F. Remove the turkey from the oven and let rest, loosely tented with foil for 15 minutes. The turkey will rise in temperature as it rests to 165°F. Snip and discard the kitchen twine. Transfer the roll to a cutting board and slice into 1/2-inch thick slices and arrange on a platter. Serve with gravy.
  7. Note: Ask your butcher to bone and butterfly the turkey breast for you. If you'd like to do it yourself, watch this how-to video. If you're buying a boneless turkey breast, look for one that is about 4 pounds.
  8. Make Ahead: The recipe can be made 1 to 2 days ahead of time, covered, and stored in the refrigerator. Slice the turkey roll cold and reheat, covered, in a 300°F oven until warm, 40 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Serving size: Note that data includes a side of stuffing
  • Calories: 1063
  • Fat: 56 g
  • Saturated fat: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 53 g
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 82 g
  • Sodium: 2100 mg
  • Cholesterol: 253 mg

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    This was so easy and delicious for Christmas Eve-everyone loved it and it saved me from making a big turkey. Came out very moist and delicious–Thank You!

    - Jill on December 29, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    thank you,
    thumbs up :) :) it came out fabulous. wishing you a Joyous New Year

    - Bun Lady on December 27, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hello,
    I’m interested in making this for Christmas along with a 9lb roast and baked ziti. We have a crowd coming :)
    (1) I was wondering if you have a video on how to step by step instructions?
    (2) Can you make this ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator for a day or 2?
    (3) Also, I would like to know if I you can roast this a day or 2 earlier and just heat it up for Christmas at what temperature?
    (4) Last question…how long and what temperature should i cook a 9.69lb?
    Oh I omit the wine from the receipt…that’s for the cook:)

    - Bun Lady on December 14, 2016 Reply
    • Sorry I don’t have a video for this one – just step-by-step photos. But you can definitely prepare and roast it ahead of time and reheat on Christmas (reheating instructions are at the bottom of the recipe). The cook time shouldn’t change too much for a larger breast since it’s rolled, but I would definitely recommend using a meat thermometer like this one. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on December 15, 2016 Reply
  • What if the chef cannot find a butcher willing to do same ?

    - Tracy on December 10, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Tracy, I’ve included a link in the recipe to a video on deboning a turkey breast. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on December 11, 2016 Reply
  • Hi, I love your recipes. For this recipe is there a substitute that can be used in place of wine? Thank you!

    - Laura on December 9, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Laura, It’s fine to just leave it out. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on December 9, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    L-O-V-E-D it. I made this for Thanksgiving, for myself & a few girlfriends. OMG. So good. The gravy was spectacular, too. We had the butcher debone and butterfly the turkey breast. Jen, can they also pound it flat??? We could not get it to 1/2 inch or so. And we have a good meat mallet. Ours was thick!

    - Karen on December 8, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Karen, So glad you and your girlfriends enjoyed it! I don’t see why you couldn’t ask the butcher to pound it — but I guess it depends on the butcher :)

      - Jenn on December 8, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this with 4 lb butterflied ( thank you butcher!) pork loin, and kept the stuffing the same. I rubbed it with salt pepper sage and oil. I was not sure how long to cook it, but started checking with instant read thermometer at one hour and it was almost done! It only took an hour and 15, then rest time. Came out very nice. Thanks for another great recipe

    - Kelsey on December 8, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Just made this over the weekend, and it was absolutely perfect. The sausage in the stuffing lends so much flavor to each bite that it didn’t even need gravy. It was a total hit with both kids and adults, and I’ll definitely be making it again.
    A few tips, in case they’re helpful.
    1. I was nervous about it drying out if I baked the whole thing ahead of time, but it also seemed a little complicated to do everything the day of, so I did a halfway make-ahead. I made the stuffing and assembled the turkey roll, tied it up, and then refrigerated it overnight. This allowed for the only remaining step to be to rub the olive oil and salt and pepper on the roll and stick it in the oven.
    2. For the breast, I asked the meat counter to butterfly an already deboned turkey breast, and mine ended up being only 2-something lbs when I got it home (Jenn’s details say to aim for 4 lbs if buying a boneless breast). I was cooking for a small group, so the only thing I should have altered was the amount of stuffing. I could have reduced that by about half. Bake time was still perfect, even with the smaller breast, at 1 hr.
    3. I don’t have a rack for my baking pan, so I just used parchment and had no trouble. It produced very little grease.
    4. To save oven space, I created a little aluminum foil “wall” on the opposite side of the cookie sheet and placed the stuffing in patties on the same pan about halfway through. It was perfect, too.
    Thank you for this recipe, Jenn!

    - Colleen W. on December 5, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Had a fun adventure making this for our Thanksgiving feast this year!!! The link to the Test Kitchen video for de-boning the breast gave me the confidence to “go for it”!
    Both beautiful and delicious – would not change a thing.

    - Julie Roedell on December 3, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Excellent recipe Jen! I made it on Thanksgiving and it was fabulous. The cooking instructions were spot on and turkey was very moist. The only issues I had was with tying it up. Mine was not as pretty as yours and bondage gone bad.

    - Jen on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • I would like to make this without pork. Would turkey sausage be ok instead? if I left out the meat entirely how would hat be?

    - Lisa R on December 1, 2016 Reply
    • Definitely, Lisa – feel free to use any type of sausage. I wouldn’t leave out the meat entirely as the flavor and fat from the sausage does wonders for the turkey.

      - Jenn on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    OMG! I made this for Thanksgiving last week. It was so good. Really is impressive on the platter and so delicious. Made me look like a super star Chef.
    Thanks

    - Pam on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe was a bit tricky to make as I couldn’t get a nice deboned turkey breast from my market. After trimming and pounding, and (messy) rolling, the final product was TERRIFIC. Made this the day before thanksgiving along with other sides and the instant meal was a big success. The roll was moist and delicious .

    - Jeanette on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this for our Thanksgiving and I will never again make a turkey any other way. this was delish-ish. everyone loved it.

    - Liliana on November 28, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was delicious. made two. one exactly like the recipe and one with my stuffing: sage sausage, cornbread cubes (Pepperidge farm) and dried cranberries. loved both. Also made Jenn’s potatoes au gratin – wow were those awesome. Love this site so much.

    - Alicia on November 28, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was absolutely the best this Thanksgiving and so were your cranberries. I can’t believe I loved the stuffing without poultry seasoning. The fresh herbs were wonderful. Thanks so much!

    - Diane on November 27, 2016 Reply
  • Fabulous recipe! This is going to become a year-round favorite, judging from my family’s raves. A couple things: Take care not to roll turkey skin into the roll; use it for the outside only. I also think this could be made with pounded chicken breasts. You would have to carefully manipulate the pieces/stuffing, but when turkey breasts are harder to find…. Jenn, your recipes are jewels!

    - Gail Tsuboi on November 25, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Jenn, We had this for Thanksgiving yesterday and everyone agreed that we will NEVER go back to a traditional bird! I prepared and cooked it a day ahead like you suggested then just reheated right before dinner. For the first time in 20 years of cooking Thanksgiving dinner, I was not stressed out all day worrying about my turkey! And it was just so tender and delicious. My family can’t thank you enough for sharing this fabulous recipe!

    - Lynn on November 25, 2016 Reply
  • Happy Thanksgiving Jenn! There are only 6 of us this year and keeping it simple stupid (KISS). Skipping the whole turkey and doing the boneless stuffed rolled turkey breast. I’m hosting my parents and few friends and guests are bringing add’l sides & dessert but I’m also doing roasted butternut squash. All of my cooking is going on Thursday. Can I do roasted butternut earlier 400F and finish it when turkey is in? Advise. Cranberry orange is already made. 5+

    - jen on November 22, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Jen, I think that would work fine. And you should feel free to cook the stuffed turkey breast ahead of time — it reheats very well. Happy Thanksgiving!

      - Jenn on November 23, 2016 Reply
  • Making Thursday!
    4 people ( two teens) if I want leftovers do you think I should make TWO 4 – 6 lb breasts?

    Also, could I add the additional stuffing under the breasts for cooking (get any turkey drippings and kill two birds…. :-)

    thanks

    - joanne on November 20, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Joanne, This recipe serves 8 so I think you’ll have leftovers with just one large whole breast (try to get one close to 6 lbs), especially if you’re making other sides to go along with it. And you can definitely cook the stuffing under the bird — I’ve done it this way and it’s wonderful; just be sure to generously grease the pan with butter so that it doesn’t stick. Hope everyone enjoys it…please let me know how it turns out!

      - Jenn on November 20, 2016 Reply
  • Hi Jen,
    I hope this doesn’t sound too odd, but would it be possible to brown the skin before rolling?

    - Kathleen on November 18, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Kathleen, You could but it’s really not necessary. Once the breast is butterflied, pounded, stuffed and rolled, the skin somehow ends up mostly on the outside of the roll. You can always crisp it under the broiler before serving if you like.

      - Jenn on November 18, 2016 Reply
  • Can I substitute cooked rice for the breadcrumbs or do you have another suggestion for gluten free stuffing?

    - Nan on November 17, 2016 Reply
    • Have you considered gluten-free breadcrumbs? They’re pretty widely available now.

      - Jenn on November 18, 2016 Reply
  • Is there really 1064 calories and 59 grams of fat per serving?

    - Charlotte on November 17, 2016 Reply
    • Actually there are 56 grams of fat (not 59), but keep in mind that the nutritional data includes a side of stuffing.

      - Jenn on November 18, 2016 Reply
  • Hi, is only half the stuffing used to stuff the turkey? If so, do you bake and serve the other half?

    - Donna S on November 17, 2016 Reply
    • Yes, Donna – you’ll find directions in the actual recipe (but I’ve updated the photo instructions with that info as well).

      - Jenn on November 17, 2016 Reply
  • You say only half the stuffing spread onto the turkey breast and rolled up, what do you do with the other half? Cook it separately?

    - Melanie H on November 17, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Melanie, Yes – see the actual recipe for instructions.

      - Jenn on November 17, 2016 Reply
      • Yes, sorry LOL!!

        - Melanie H on November 18, 2016 Reply
  • Hi Jen,
    This looks delicious and a nice change from a regular roasted turkey. Can it be prepped a day in advance and cooked on Thanksgiving or would the stuffing get too mushy?

    - Patrice on November 17, 2016 Reply
    • Yes, Patrice – that will work fine. You can also cook it the day before, slice it cold, then reheat. I actually think it’s better that way!

      - Jenn on November 17, 2016 Reply
      • How would you suggest reheating?

        - Josh on November 19, 2016 Reply
        • Hi Josh, Slice the turkey roll cold and reheat, covered, in a 300°F oven until warm, 40 to 45 minutes.

          - Jenn on November 20, 2016 Reply
  • Can this be made, cooked and then frozen?

    - Donna Price on November 17, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Donna, I haven’t tried it myself but I think it would work.

      - Jenn on November 17, 2016 Reply
  • Jenn,

    We currently live in Poland, where commercially prepared bread stuffing is not available in stores. Any suggestions on how to make our own version at home? Thanks so much!

    Jan

    - janis berlowski on November 17, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Janis, You can easily make your own — just cut some bread (French or Italian-style loaves would work well) into 1/2-inch cubes and spread onto two rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 300°F (150°C), or until dry and lightly toasted.

      - Jenn on November 17, 2016 Reply
  • Is this two halves of a whole boned turkey breast butterflied and stuffed separately, or a boned whole turkey breast pounded and stuffed as one piece? If the latter, won’t part of the skin end up inside the roll and will this be ok? I ask this because many recipes for butterflied boned turkey breast seem to show a single half breast being cut horizontally almost through. You have not mentioned this, and the linked video does not show the breast halves being separated, or any cutting into the breast.

    - Tony on November 17, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Tony, It’s a whole turkey breast (with two halves) — boned, butterflied, and stuffed as one piece. So once the breast lobes are removed from the bone, you would butterfly each lobe and then pound the whole thing out. The skin doesn’t really end up being rolled inside because there’s only a small overlap of the ends when the breast is rolled. All that said, you could easily make two rolls with two separate breast halves; just keep in mind that the cook time will be shorter. Does that make sense?

      - Jenn on November 17, 2016 Reply
  • Looks delicious, I only have skinless turkey breast could I use that?

    - Christina on November 17, 2016 Reply
    • Yes, Christina, that will work. Please lmk how it turns out!

      - Jenn on November 17, 2016 Reply
  • Has anyone tried it without the sausage?

    - Nia on November 16, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Nia, You could make it with any stuffing, but I do think the sausage adds a lot of flavor (and fat, which helps keep the turkey moist).

      - Jenn on November 16, 2016 Reply

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