Recipe of the Week:  Rolled Cranberry Turkey Breast with Creamy Gravy - Sometimes a whole turkey is just too much for a small group. Celebrate the holiday with this easy all-in-one dinner that includes a lovely traditional stuffing rolled right up in the turkey. Look for a fresh boneless skin-on turkey breast at the butcher's counter.  

  • Prep  time30 minutes
  • Total time2-1/4 hours
  • Portion size4 to 6 servings


·         boneless skin-on turkey breast

·         1tsp1tsp(5 ml)  olive oil

·         pinch each salt and pepper

Cranberry Sausage Stuffing:

  • 115gturkey sausage or turkey sausages, casings removed
  • 2tsp(10 ml)olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4cup(60 ml)  each finely diced onion, and celery
  • 1tbsp(15 ml) chopped fresh sage
  • 2tsp(10 ml) chopped fresh thyme
  • 1cup (250 ml) cubed sourdough bread
  • 1/4cup(60 ml) dried cranberry dried cranberries
  • 1/4cup(60 ml) (60 ml) sodium-reduced chicken broth
  • 1/4tsp(1 ml) pepper

Creamy Gravy:

  • 1tbsp (15 ml) butter
  • 3cloves garlic, minced
  • 2tsp(10 ml) chopped fresh thyme
  • 2cups(500 ml) sodium-reduced chicken broth
  • 1/3cup (75 ml) whipping cream, (35%)
  • 2tsp(10 ml) grainy mustard
  • 1/4 tsp (1ml)pepper
  • Pinch salt
  • 2tbsp(30 ml) cornstarch


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Cranberry Sausage Stuffing: In skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, breaking up with wooden spoon, until browned, about 4 minutes. Remove to plate.

Add oil to skillet; cook garlic, onion, celery, sage and thyme, stirring frequently, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in sausage, bread, cranberries, broth and pepper until bread is softened. Let cool. Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours.

Holding sharp knife horizontally at thick long side of turkey, cut in half to within 1 inch (2.5 cm) of opposite side; open like a book. Cover with waxed paper; pound to 1/2-inch (1 cm) thickness. Spread with stuffing, leaving 1-inch (2.5 cm) border on all sides. Starting at skinless side, roll up. Tie securely with butcher's twine at 2-inch (5 cm) intervals.

Brush turkey with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on rack in roasting pan; add 1 cup water. Roast in 325 F (160 C) oven until no longer pink inside and meat thermometer inserted in turkey reads 165 F (74 C), about 1-1/2 hours. Transfer to cutting board and tent with foil; let stand for 10 minutes. Slice, discarding twine.

Creamy Gravy: Meanwhile, in saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat; cook garlic and thyme, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broth; cook until slightly reduced, about 4 minutes. Stir in cream, mustard, pepper and salt. Combine cornstarch with 1 tbsp water; stir into broth mixture and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Serve with turkey.

Change it up - Rolled Leek and Mushroom Turkey Breast Stuffing: Omit sausage. Substitute 1 leek, thinly sliced, and 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms for onion, celery and cranberries. Add 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese along with bread.


Source: Canadian Living Recipes

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