I was praying that this brined roasted turkey roll would work out well. So why a turkey roll and not a whole turkey? Well, now that I have had the experience of making a whole turkey and a turkey roll for Christmas. It’s clear to me that a turkey roll is definitely a lot more stress-free. Easy to carve, quicker to cook, don’t have to deal with bones, cheaper to prepare etc.
Now if you are thinking “one turkey breast? Will that be enough?” Don’t be fooled, this ain’t no chicken breast remember. As a large turkey breast is much bigger than you think. And once you incorporate the stuffing and roll it up, you realize that it can feed quite a few people. But of course, it won’t feed as many people as a large whole turkey. As it says in the recipe one large turkey roll will feed about 8-10 people.
So what is the one thing many of us worry about when it comes to cooking chicken or turkey breast? Other than making sure it actually is cooked through. That’s right, making sure it doesn’t go dry. So that is why I brined the meat. And if you don’t know what that means, it’s literally just soaking the meat in flavoured liquid for a long period of time. This will make the meat much moister, but it will also season the meat more effectively than just sprinkling salt over it, as dry salt can fall off while cooking.
Furthermore, the stuffing is a very simple one, and some of you may know that I am not the biggest fan of the whole sweet and savoury thing. However, I did add cranberries in this stuffing because I thought most of you would like that. But of course, the stuffing can be anything you like so if you think you know a better one, go ahead and use it. Oh and show me as well because I would definitely be interested 😉
Thank you all so much for checking out this post, I appreciate every last one of you and I hope you all have an awesome Christmas. Catch you all soon!!!
Brined Roasted Turkey Roll
- serves 8-10 people
- A 2kg turkey breast
- 50 g of butter
- 5-6 strips of bacon
Cranberry and herb stuffing
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 average sized or 1 large red onion peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 150 g grams of dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs
- 3-4 sprigs of parsley chopped
- 3-4 sprigs of sage sage chopped
- 2-3 sprigs of mint chopped
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
- Put the water, salt, peppercorns, cloves and bay leaves in a pot and bring the liquid to a boil. As soon as the liquid starts boiling turn the heat off, transfer the liquid to a large bowl or container and leave in the fridge covered to cool.
- Get couple of large sheets of cling film and place over the top of the turkey. Then use a meat tenderizer or rolling pin to bash the turkey until the whole breast becomes a surface that is even in thickness (about 1 - 2 inches thick).
- Once the brine has cooled down, submerge the meat in the brine liquid, cover again and leave in the fridge overnight.
Cranberry and herb stuffing
- Get a large frying pan on medium heat. Add your olive oil, then your onions and fry for about 3-4 minutes. Once the onions start breaking down and go soft, add your butter and melt through.
- Next, add your cranberries, breadcrumbs, parsley, sage and mint. Mix together well in the pan, turn the heat off and season with salt and pepper.
Assembly and cooking
- Pre-heat your oven to 160 (325 degrees F) degrees Celsius.
- Take your turkey out of the brining liquid, then dry with kitchen paper or a cloth.
- Place the turkey out flat on a board skin side down.
- Add your stuffing over the top of your flattened turkey breast nice and evenly. Then carefully and firmly roll up the turkey into a cylinder shape. Get some kitchen twine, and tie about 6 firm knots along your rolled turkey to keep it nice and sealed. Rub the 50g grams of butter over the turkey roll, wash your hands, then lay your bacon strips over the top. Line a roasting tray with baking paper, put your turkey roll in the tray and roast in the oven for 1 hour and 50 minutes.
- Once the turkey is cooked, take it out of the oven, cover with tin foil and let it rest for about another 20 minutes.
- Cut the string off, start carving and serve with some veg and gravy. Enjoy!!!!
- Before you make this brined roasted turkey roll recipe, remember that it is recommended that you brine the turkey overnight. So make sure you prepare in advance.