One year, the CompostMaster and I found ourselves alone on Thanksgiving. We decided to make a variation on turkey that was a little bit different from the norm, turkey roulade. Our usual crowd wouldn’t really go for anything green rolled up inside the turkey.
Big thanks to WÜSTHOF for sponsoring this post. And for sending me amazing knives.
Our biggest challenge was locating a boneless turkey breast that was the proper size. I had hoped to find one that still had the skin on it so I could wrap the roulade in the skin. My very favorite part of Thanksgiving is sneaking little bits of crispy skin while the cooked turkey is resting. Unfortunately, the only breast I could find was both boneless and skinless. As a cook, you must be prepared to improvise.
Prepping the ingredients and slicing the roulade were a breeze with my new WÜSTHOF knives.
Turkey Roulade Rolling Techniques
Making a roulade looks impressive, but it really isn’t that difficult if you approach it with the right attitude. Take a deep breath before you start and try to enjoy the process. Having a buddy with you in the kitchen for moral support and to help when you need a third hand is a good idea. I made the mistake of sending the CompostMaster to the gym just before I was ready to tie the roulade. He’s much better at tying than I am, but I got it done. Of course, I had to spend 15 minutes looking for our kitchen twine first. We had put it in a “special” place.
You can either:
- Pound your turkey breast flat and smear the stuffing all over the meat before you roll it up
- Shape the stuffing into a log and put it down the middle of the breast and then fold the “flaps” over.
It depends on whether you want your green color swirled or in one lump in the middle. Either works, so do whichever you find to be easiest.
The final result is an elegant main dish for an intimate Thanksgiving or for any other special occasion. It’s gluten-free too.
Turkey Roulade with Quinoa, Swiss Chard, and Prosciutto
- 1 bunch Swiss chard stems removed and leaves chopped (about 3 cups chopped leaves)
- 1 teaspoon plus 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 cups water divided
- 3 ounces prosciutto finely chopped
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 ounces Gruyere cheese cut into small cubes
- 3 medium scallions finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 - 2 pounds boneless turkey breast in one piece
- 1 1/2 cups white wine
MAKE THE STUFFING
- Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add Swiss chard and 2 tablespoons water. Sauté for about 3 minutes or until chard wilts and liquid has been absorbed. Add prosciutto and mix well. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, combine quinoa and chard/prosciutto mixture. Add garlic, cayenne, Gruyere, scallions, basil, parsley, lemon zest, nutmeg, black pepper, and eggs. Mix well and set aside.
PREPARE THE ROULADE
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Place turkey breast smooth side down on a large cutting board. Butterfly the breast, then cover with plastic wrap and pound to ¼-inch thickness (or as thin as you can get it). The closer you can get to a rectangular shape, the easier the rolling will be.
- Spread the quinoa/chard mixture to cover the turkey breast to within a 1/2 inch of the edges. Starting at the longest side, roll up the breast, packing it as tightly as you can as you go. Tie crosswise every 2 inches or so with kitchen twine, then fold in the ends and tie once lengthwise.
- Place the meat on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Rub with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and season with additional freshly ground pepper. Pour remaining 1 1/2 cups water and the white wine into the bottom of the pan.
- Roast for 50 to 60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Let the roulade rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
Disclosure: WÜSTHOF provided me with a CLASSIC Two Piece Extra Wide Chef Set and a CLASSIC 5″ Serrated Slicer for review purposes plus a second set of knives to give away. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosures page for more information.
Today, members of Virtual Potluck are sharing recipes featuring the use of WÜSTHOF knives, specifically the WÜSTHOF CLASSIC Two Piece Extra Wide Chef Set and the CLASSIC 5″ Serrated Slicer. (Images courtesy of WÜSTHOF)
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