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One of my most favourite holidays is just around the corner – Thanksgiving! Sitting around the table enjoying turkey with family builds wonderful memories that last a lifetime. There are always smiles, laughter and engaging conversation during Thanksgiving and being with the ones we love most makes it a very special time of year.
When I think of Thanksgiving, I automatically think of Canadian Turkey and the wonderful aroma that fills the kitchen when cooking it. It’s the perfect time of year to gather family and friends together and enjoy a well thought out meal prepared with love. Turkey pairs so well with all of the favourite Thanksgiving sides and is a nice lean meat that not only makes Thanksgiving a success year after year, but provides days of leftovers for turkey sandwiches – yum!
Turkey is often cooked whole, but there are so many different ways to enjoy turkey. Using the turkey breast as a roast is a great way to feed a smaller, more intimate group of family and friends. It can be butterflied, rolled and roasted, and served with stuffing on the side to make it a perfect alternative to a whole turkey for a smaller crowd. It allows you to get creative with the filling and step Thanksgiving up a notch with an impressive turkey entree. It’s easy and delicious, and sure to be a showstopper on the table this Thanksgiving.
This Sundried Tomato & Greens Stuffed Turkey Breast Roast is packed full of flavour and is great for a group of 4-6 people. Full of aromatic flavours, it will tickle your senses and please the palate!
Sundried Tomato & Greens Stuffed Turkey Breast Roast
Serves: 4 – 6 people
Prep time: 45 mins.
Cook time: 60 – 75 mins.
3-4 lbs. large boneless Canadian turkey breast
1 tsp. olive oil
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 heads rapini
12-15 sundried tomatoes, diced
3 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
2 eggs, beaten
3 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
½ cup toasted pine nuts
½ cup white wine
½ tsp. each ground rosemary, sage and thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
- Wash the rapini and trim the stems.
- Heat a large pot of salted water until boiling. Add the rapini and boil for 5 minutes until they are tender and cooked through. Drain and set aside to cool. Once the rapini have cooled, chop roughly.
- Butterfly the turkey breast. To butterfly, turn the turkey breast over, skin side down and lay it flat on your cutting board. Using a sharp knife, position it parallel to the meat. Cut through the thickest part of the breast along the full length of the breast but not all the way through, leaving about ¾ of an inch intact. Unfold so the meat opens like a book. Cover with plastic wrap and pound any thick areas with a meat mallet until the breast is fairly even in thickness.
- Season the turkey breast with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with herbs.
- Heat olive oil in a non-stick fry pan over medium heat. Add rapini, salt and pepper to taste and garlic. Sauté for 2 – 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
- To make the stuffing, add sundried tomatoes, rapini, panko, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and eggs to a bowl and mix to combine.
- Spread stuffing mixture evenly across turkey breast. Roll up into a roast and tie with butchers twine to secure.
- Place roast and wine in a roasting pan. Roast in the oven at 350°F for 1 hr. – 1 ¼ hr. until the roast is cooked through and a meat thermometer reads 165°F (74°C).
- Rest for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
TIP: You can substitute any of your favourite greens for rapini in this recipe. Try using spinach or Swiss chard if you have these on hand. Leftover roast makes a great sandwich for lunch the next day. Take a piece of roast and some sliced tomatoes and serve in a bun.
Whether you are cooking a turkey whole or using smaller cuts of it, such as a half turkey or turkey breast, there are so many ways to enjoy it to cater to the size of crowd you are feeding. Don’t feel intimidated by cooking a whole turkey either. It really isn’t as hard as it might seem and the results are well worth it. Canadian Turkey has Turkey Basics Whole Turkey How-Tos to help you make this Thanksgiving memorable without the stress that can come with the preparation. They provide step-by-step videos to help you roast your turkey with less hassle.
I am so excited for Thanksgiving this year and have so much to be thankful for. I know we will enjoy Canadian Turkey on our table, as we do every year, and we will create even more memories to carry with us throughout the year until next Thanksgiving.
Check out Canadian Turkey for delicious recipes and ideas, how-to videos and more! They have everything you need to enjoy turkey in so many exciting, flavourful ways.
5 WAYS TO MASTER THANKSGIVING PREP AND PLANNING
- Get a head start on your meal! You can prep all of your staples like onions, celery and carrots up to 3 days beforehand. Dice and store in storage bags. Green beans, squash and salad greens can be washed, trimmed, and chopped beforehand. Store these in storage bags for ready-to-cook sides.
- For a large, crowd consider serving a buffet-style meal. Spread your dishes out in the kitchen or dining room and let people self-serve and mingle while they eat for an easier-to-serve, fun meal with a casual feel.
- To cut down on cooking time, cook your stuffing on the side. This way you can get more of your favourite crunchy bits while cutting down on cooking time in the oven.
- Plan ahead and make a ‘smart’ shopping list. Organize it by staples you can buy in advance and perishables you need to buy a few days before, then organize according to sections of the grocery store. This will make grocery shopping a breeze and save you precious time.
- Look for make-ahead sides that you can make a day or two beforehand and taste delicious re-heated. Bookmark a website with delicious and reliable turkey recipes and resources, like canadianturkey.ca, so you’re ready for the big day!
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