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Thanksgiving Turkey Roulade With Mushroom, Cranberry

Thanksgiving Turkey Breast Roulade

Cooking a turkey breast roulade for Thanksgiving is relatively a much simpler and fancy idea, than to cook and serve the whole bird. It taste much more juicer, delicious and you can play around with varieties of stuffing mixture and flavours.

I always have this liking for game bird and prefer country chicken over the poultry one, but I have never tried a turkey before. Roasting a whole chicken in the oven has its own gastronomical pleasures. So I started first with Cornish hens which were a huge success and this pushes my limit further to try the turkey next.

Now, roasting a whole turkey is a huge task. Given the gigantic size of the bird and I tremble at the mere thought of carving a whole turkey. And secondly it will be too big for just two people with moderate appetite. So we decided to try the turkey breast instead.

I have followed my favourite  Ina Garten , recipe whose recipes simply rocks, each and every time.

turkey roulade mushroom cranberry

What Is Turkey Roulade ?

Roulade as in Swiss Rolls ? Exactly, but here with turkey breast. Roulade needs a stuffing mixture that when rolled and sliced, gives a pretty sight to behold.

Looking for a chicken roulade instead ? Here is one fabulous recipe of prosciutto stuffed chicken roulade in cashew butter sauce.

There are many kind of stuffing you can put inside a turkey breast but the one with fruit and nut caught my attention and it is extremely simple to make a good stuffing in no time.

Stuffing For Turkey Roulade

I have used some dried cranberries, some dried figs and pitted prunes along with some walnuts and pine nut mix and celery and onions to go with it.

To make this stuffing mixture, combine all the ingredients and add gently sauteed onions and celery (which is must as it gives a nice flavor to the dish). This is followed by an egg lightly beaten into it and finally some breadcrumbs are added to it. Eggs will provide the required binding needed to hold the stuffing mixture together.


How To Prepare The Turkey Breast ?

First and foremost we need to prepare the turkey breast before proceeding for the roulade. I have provided some step pictures for easy understanding. Please refer to them.

Open the turkey breast and if it has some rib bones attached to it, then cut it along the bones. I found this  very helpful video where a professional chef shows how to perfectly debone a turkey breast. turkey roulade

Next, beat the turkey breast with a meat mallet to even out the thickness. This step is helpful for making the turkey roulade. Else it will be difficult to roll the turkey breast.

Next, stuff the turkey breast with the fruit and nut mix, tightly roll it and tied it down with kitchen threads or strings. Then tuck it in the oven for good one to two hour or so and voila…turkey roulade is ready to be served with the gravy and some roasted vegetables as a side.

Looking for a simple turkey breast recipe ? Here is the one – Herb Crusted Turkey Breast With Sage Butter

mushroom cranberry stuffing turkey

Turkey roulade stuffed with mushroom-cranberry and served with apple cider gravy

Turkey roulade stuffed with mushroom-cranberry and served with apple cider gravy.
Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Sukanya Ghosh


Mushroom – Cranberry stuffing mix

  • 1 Onion, chopped large
  • 1 cup Celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 cup Mushrooms, baby bella or porcini
  • ½ cup Dried Cranberries
  • ½ cup Dried Prunes
  • ½ cup Dried Figs
  • ½ cup Pine nuts and walnut mix
  • 1 Egg, large
  • 1 tbsp Rosemary / sage / thyme, chopped
  • ¾ cup Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • ½ cup Cranberry juice or water

Turkey roulade

  • 4-5 pounds Turkey breast, fresh, not frozen
  • 4-5 cups Mushroom cranberry stuffing mix
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tbsp Sage thyme or Rosemary (chopped)
  • Oil for greasing the turkey breast
  • Olive oil, lemon and rosemary mix for basting

Apple cider gravy

  • 1 cup Apple cider
  • ½ cup Chicken stock
  • 1 Onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Corn Flour
  • 1 tsp Rosemary chopped
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • Pan juices


Mushroom cranberry stuffing mix

  • Heat the butter in a pan and saute the onions, followed by celery and mushrooms till they changes color.
  • Add rest of the ingredients, except egg and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Cool off the mixture slightly and beat the egg into it.
  • Add the breadcrumbs and mix them really well.

How to make turkey roulade

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • Beat the turkey breast to flatten it and to tenderize it with the help of meat mallet or with the back of a steel ladle and also to even out the thickness of the meat.
  • Grease and season the turkey breast inside out with oil, salt and pepper.
  • Spread the stuffing evenly over the turkey breast and start rolling the breast from one end, tightly like a jelly roll.
  • Tie well the turkey breast with your kitchen twine, so that the stuffing does not oozes out while roasting.
  • Baste the turkey breast with seasoned olive oil and tuck it into the oven.
  • Keep on basting it with oil after every 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Roasting for two hour or until done.

Apple cider gravy

  • Heat a pan and melt the butter, add the sliced onions and brown it slightly.
  • Add the apple cider along with a tablespoon or more pan juices, chicken stock and bring to boil for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Dissolve the cornflour into water or stock and slowly add it to the gravy.
  • Cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Cool slightly and blend it in a blender.
  • Gravy should not be very thick.


Basting the turkey breast from time to time is recommended as it will keep the meat moist.
If you do not have kitchen twine to tie the turkey, you can use the cheese cloth which I found a great alternative to regular kitchen twine. Just cut the cheese cloth into long strings and tie up the turkey.
The tighter you will roll the turkey breast, the nicer the swirls you will get.
Leave the oven roasted turkey for 15 minutes before set for carving.
Stuffing can be prepared ahead thus reducing the preparation time and increasing the efficiency.
Store the unused portion tightly wrap in a foil and refrigerate for later use.


preparation turkey roulade

What To Serve With Stuffed Turkey  Roulade ?

Here is our Apple Cider Gravy. Recipe given in the recipe box, please refer to it.

This is a very simple but highly flavoured recipe for gravy, you can tweak it as you wish. It just happened that we had some apple cider brought from an apple farm, so I was planning to use it in a recipe. You can use other fruit juices or can absolutely skip it for the more traditional one.

apple cider gravy for turkey

What To Do With The Turkey Leftovers ?

A big question remains after sweating in the kitchen for hours and eating and enjoying the grand dinner, what to do next with the leftovers ?

Turkey is very filling as compared to chicken, so it is unlikely that you will finish the turkey breast in one go, so there are many things that you can do with the leftovers.

Leftovers from turkey roulade :

Turkey Pot Pie – Chop the turkey along with the fillings into cubes. You can improve the seasonings and stuffings if you wish like adding sweet potatoes to it. Reheat with little butter added to it and fill it inside the pie shells to make Turkey pot pie.

turkey pot pie





  • Reply
    December 28, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Beautiful oh beautiful! The recipe makes the mouth water even though I have this new-found vegetarian temperament. The new theme looks terrific!

  • Reply
    Purabi Naha
    December 29, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! I have never experimented with turkey much. I find the recipes very tempting. Shall try them out one day! Bookmarked!!

  • Reply
    December 29, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Omg, its been ages i had turkey roulade, simply love that incredible stuffing,mushroom and cranberry omg that truly irresistible,gravy looks extremely delicious too..

    Btw, its a reminder Sukanya,hope u didnt forget that you should host Cooking with seeds event for upcoming january,hope u have choosed ur seeds? pls do let me know about it..

  • Reply
    Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
    January 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Dear Sukanya – Just fantastic. So nice to do a stuffed rolled turkey breast instead of the usual bird.

    So glad I found you in the blog-o-verse. Best wishes to you and your family in 2012!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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