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Recipe for Rolled Turkey Breast with Apple, Sage and Sausage Stuffing

Serves: 8-10
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 50 minutes

  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 sticks celery, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 150g / 5oz day-old bread, crusts removed and torn into small chunks
  • 55ml / 2fl oz milk
  • 8 large pork sausages or 520g / 1.1lb good quality sausagemeat
  • 150g / 5oz pine nuts
  • 2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 4tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2tbsp shredded sage leaves
  • 1 large free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 x 33.5kg / 67lb boned double-breast turkey joint

First prepare the stuffing; heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan, add the onion and celery and fry for 57 mins, throw in the garlic and cook for a further 5 mins on a medium heat until the vegetables are softened but not coloured. Place the bread in a shallow bowl and pour over the milk. Leave to soak. Meanwhile, slit the sausages, if using, and remove the meat from the casings. Place the sausagemeat in a bowl and stir with a wooden spoon to loosen the mixture. Add to the pan and turn the heat up. Fry briskly, breaking up the meat with the wooden spoon, until nicely browned on the outside and cooked through. Stir in the bread, which should now have absorbed all the milk, and mix well. Add the pine nuts, apple, parsley, sage, a generous grinding of black pepper and salt and give everything a really good mix. Pour in the egg and stir again use your hands if it is easier. Preheat the oven to 200C / gas 6. Moisten two large J cloths with olive oil until thoroughly damp and lay them flat and overlapping on a clean surface. Unroll the turkey joint and lay it flat, skin-side down on the cloths. Now, using a sharp knife, slice through the middle of the breasts horizontally, being careful not to cut through completely, and open them up like a book to create an even layer of meat. Season the flesh with salt and pepper then take half the stuffing and place it in the middle of the turkey joint, shaping it into a thick log. Carefully roll up the joint around the stuffing, using the skin to pull the joint taut and keep it in shape. Lift up both sides of the cloths, bring them together and fold the seam tightly. Use kitchen string to tie at either end so that it resembles a Christmas cracker. Use more string to secure the roll at regular intervals along the joint. Carefully transfer to a large roasting tin and cook for 22 hrs. While the turkey is cooking, shape the rest of the stuffing into small patties. Chill these for 15 mins. Meanwhile, pour 3 tbsp of olive oil in a roasting tin and put it in the oven beneath the turkey. When the oil is hot put the stuffing patties in the tin and return it to the oven for about 2030 mins until the stuffing patties are golden and crisp. Pierce the turkey joint through to the centre with a skewer and leave for 10 secs. If it feels very hot on your wrist (be careful not to burn yourself!), then the turkey is ready, if the stuffing is only lukewarm, leave it to cook for a further 15 mins and then test again. Transfer to a wooden board, remove the string and carefully unroll and discard the J cloths. Cover the turkey with foil and leave to rest for 5 mins, then transfer it to a platter and take to the table to carve in front of your guests.


Farm Shops near London

The following farm shops in London sell ingredients used in Rolled Turkey Breast with Apple, Sage and Sausage Stuffing:

La Fromagerie - Farm Shop near London

La Fromagerie

London, Westminster

As you enter into LA FROMAGERIE you see what is essentially a market place; fresh fruit and vegetabl

Melrose & Morgan - Farm Shop near London

Melrose & Morgan

London, Camden

This shop will provide "Christmas in a box" Everything you need from turkey to goose fat to bread...

Farmers Markets near London

The following farmers markets in London sell ingredients used in Rolled Turkey Breast with Apple, Sage and Sausage Stuffing:

South Kensington  Farmers Market - Farmers Market near London

South Kensington Farmers Market

London, Kensington and Chelsea

9 am - 2 pm. A great selection of vegetable growers will be at this market.

Twickenham Farmers Market - Farmers Market near London

Twickenham Farmers Market

Twickenham, Richmond upon Thames