stuffed breastsIf you don't want to spend hours babysitting your turkey in the oven this Thanksgiving, consider cooking a portion of the turkey to buy yourself a little time.

In this recipe, juicy turkey breasts are wrapped around your favorite stuffing variety. It has all the Thanksgiving essentials -- they're just arranged in a little bundle of deliciousness that only takes one hour in the oven (versus three or more). Plus, the absence of dark meat means these rolls are even a little healthier, too.

If it's all the same to your family, why not try it this year? Turkey is turkey, right?

Stuffed Turkey Breast

  • 1 (4-pound) turkey breast (ask your butcher to de-bone the breast of a 4-pound turkey)
  • 1-2 cups of your favorite stuffing recipe (I like Cranberry-Cornbread Stuffing)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


Lay turkey breast skin side down between two layers of plastic wrap. Pound breast to 1/2-inch thickness. Season with salt and pepper.

Mound a think layer of stuffing on top and roll turkey around stuffing. Secure with kitchen twine tied at 1-inch intervals. Season outside with salt and pepper.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in oven-safe skillet on medium-high heat. Brown turkey roll on all sides (a couple minutes on each side).

Finish in oven at 375 until internal temperature of turkey breast is 165 degrees -- about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Remove from oven. Let rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

How do you cook your Thanksgiving turkey?

 

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