Roast turkey breast with Tudor stuffing

    1 hour 30 min

    The Elizabethans made lavish use of spices and fruits in their cooking. This turkey dish combines some typical flavours of the time in a rich, sweet stuffing that complements lean, low-fat turkey breast meat. You could add the stuffing under the skin of a turkey breast crown.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 boneless turkey breasts, with skin, about 500g (1lb 2oz) each
    • 60g (2¼ oz) fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
    • 1 Cox's apple, cored and grated
    • 3 canned anchovy fillets, drained and finely chopped
    • 25g (1oz) seedless raisins, chopped
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
    • ¼ teaspoon ground mace
    • Salt and black pepper
    • 1 small egg, beaten
    • Pinch of saffron strands
    • 1 tablespoon honey

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Heat the oven to 190°C (375°F, gas mark 5). Place the turkey breasts, skin side down, on a board. Make a cut about halfway through each, down the middle, to open it out slightly.
    2. Put the breadcrumbs, apple, anchovy, raisins, cinnamon, ginger and mace in a bowl and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste, with enough beaten egg to bind the mixture.
    3. Spoon the stuffing onto one turkey breast, then place the second on top, skin side up. Secure with string and place in a roasting tin.
    4. Cover loosely with foil and roast for about 1 hour, until cooked through. Put the saffron in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon boiling water. Leave to soak for a few minutes, then stir in the honey.
    5. Brush the turkey with the saffron and honey glaze and roast, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes, brushing with the glaze occasionally, until golden brown. Serve, sliced, with roast potatoes, parsnips and onions.

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    This stuffing can also be used to stuff the neck-end of a whole turkey.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. wrapped Turkey tightly in cling film & tied the ends with string, Poached at 70c for 1 hour & then taken out of the plastic & browned in a hot pan with butter after glazing the saffron honey.  -  27 Nov 2009


     -  27 Nov 2009