Turkey breast stuffed with apricots, cranberries and pistachio

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 120 mins
Turkey breast stuffed with apricots, cranberries and pistachio
This stuffed turkey breast is a wonderfully flavoursome alternative to traditional turkey

Butter, for greasing

3kg butterflied turkey breast

25g butter

1 ½ tbsp olive oil

2 small onions, halved, finely chopped

75g dried cranberries, chopped

55g dried apricots, chopped

55g unsalted pistachio kernels, chopped

2-3 tbsp Goodall’s garlic paste

245g fresh breadcrumbs (made from day-old bread)

2 eggs, lightly whisked

40g finely chopped fresh flat-leaved parsley

To make the stuffing, gently fry the butter and the oil in a large non-stick frying pan.

Add the onion, cranberries, apricots, pistachio and garlic and cook until the onion has softened.

Leave to one side for 5 mins to allow to cool slightly.

Tip the mixture into a bowl and add the breadcrumbs, egg and parsley.

Stir well to combine and season with salt and pepper.

Grease and season a sheet of tinfoil and then lay five pieces of string over the foil so that it resembles rungs of a ladder, ready to tie the breast together.

Open out the butterflied breast, placing it skin-side down, and score the skin repeatedly.

Wrap in cling film and use a rolling pin to flatten and tenderise the meat until it is about 5cm in thickness.

Trim the sides if needed.  Lift onto the foil and fill any gaps with the trimmings.

Season with salt and pepper and then press the stuffing along the middle of the joint.

Lift up the sides at one end, tucking in the short end and then tie the string firmly to keep the stuffing in place.

Repeat with the remaining strings and then wrap up tightly in the foil.

Heat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and place the joint in a roasting tin to roast for 20 minutes per lb and an additional 10 minutes at the end, until the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the middle.

Remove foil for the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Place the turkey breast onto a carving board, cover loosely and allow to stand for ten minutes before carving


Preparation Time
30 minutes

Cooking Time
120 minutes

Main ingredients
Fruit, Turkey, Vegetables

Recipe Type
Dinner, Easy, Entertaining, Family Dinners

Level of Difficulty

A butterflied turkey breast is two turkey breasts taken off the bird and still joined by the skin. Ask your butcher to preapre this for you.

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