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Sliced stuffed turkey breast on a serving tray.

Stuffed Turkey Breast

A stuffed, rolled turkey breast filled with Italian bread, dried cranberries, shallots, celery, pine nuts, and Italian sausage. Perfect for a smaller Thanksgiving gathering.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 697kcal


  • 2 cups cubed Italian bread
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 oz. mild Italian sausage
  • cup dried cranberries
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 lb boneless turkey breast half with skin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 tbsp butter softened


Make the Stuffing

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Slice the bread, remove the crusts, and cut the slices into cubes. Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet and cook until lightly toasted. Set the bread cubes aside to cool while you continue making the stuffing.
  • Slice or chop the shallot and celery. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add the shallot and celery along with a light sprinkle of salt and pepper. Saute until the shallot is translucent.
  • Add the sausage into the same skillet and cook, breaking it up with a spoon or potato masher, until no pink remains.
  • Add the cranberries, thyme, and broth. Continue cooking for an additional minute or two, scraping up any cooked bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the toasted bread and pine nuts and stir until all the bread is moistened.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped parsley. Taste for salt and pepper and add a bit more if needed.
  • Allow the stuffing to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before proceeding with the recipe.

Stuff the Turkey Breast:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Using a very sharp, thin-bladed knife and your fingers, carefully separate the skin from the breast (or ask your grocery store butcher to do it for you). Set the skin aside and save it for later. 
  • Place the breast with the original skin side down on a cutting board. If necessary, butterfly the thicker areas to get an even thickness throughout.
    Pound the breast out with a meat mallet or heavy rolling pin until it is about ½” thick. Sprinkle the inside generously with salt and pepper.
  • Spread the cooled stuffing over the pounded turkey breast.
    Starting at one long side, carefully roll up the breast to enclose the stuffing. Place the reserved skin over the seam edge of the rolled turkey breast.
  • Wrap the entire breast in a double thickness of cheesecloth. Tie each end with kitchen twine. Tuck the ends under the package. Tie additional twine in three or four places down the length of the roll.
  • Rub the softened butter over the entire rolled turkey breast making sure to cover all surfaces.
  • Place the wrapped stuffed turkey breast on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the roulade reads 155 degrees.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for about 10 minutes. During the resting time, the internal temperature should increase to 165 degrees.
  • When ready to serve, remove and discard the cheesecloth and twine. Slice crosswise into approximately 1” pieces.



Serving: 1slice | Calories: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 528mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 529IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 4mg