Turkey breast with quinoa stuffing

5
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Prep
30 min
Cook
1 hr 30 min
Serves
12
Difficulty
Moderate
A twist on the traditional main, the sliced servings of this mouth-watering turkey breast really do make this festive season special.

Ingredients

quinoa

½ cup(s), (85g)

dried cranberries

¼ cup(s), (35g) chopped

orange juice

2 tbs

olive oil

2 tsp

brown onion

1 small, finely chopped

prosciutto fat trimmed

40 g, (Buy 50g thin slices) fat trimmed, chopped

garlic

2 clove(s), crushed

orange rind

2 tsp, finely grated

fresh rosemary

2 tsp, finely chopped

turkey breast

1080 g, (Buy 1.2kg) boneless, skin on, fat trimmed

oil spray

1 x 3 second spray(s)

orange

1 medium

Cranberries, fresh

500 g, frozen variety

red wine

60 ml, (1/4 cup)

cinnamon quill

1 whole

cloves

4 individual

granulated stevia sweetener

1 tbs

honey

2 tsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Place quinoa into a fine sieve and rinse under a running tap. Cook in a large saucepan of boiling water for 12 minutes or until tender. Drain well, then transfer to a large bowl to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, combine dried cranberries and orange juice in a small bowl and leave to soften. Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat and cook onion and prosciutto, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion softens. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add prosciutto mixture to quinoa with cranberries and juice, the orange rind and rosemary. Season. Stand to cool.
  3. Place the turkey breast on a clean work surface, skin-side up. Use a large, sharp knife to make a deep cut along one side, almost all the way through, and open the turkey breast out flat (like a book). Place quinoa stuffing onto one side of breast, then fold over to enclose stuffing. Tie the turkey with kitchen string, at 2cm intervals. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Lightly spray a baking tray with oil and place the turkey onto it, skin-side up. Roast for 1 hour 15 minutes or until cooked through (the juices will run clear when pierced with a skewer). Transfer the turkey breast to a plate and cover loosely with foil. Set aside to rest for 10 minutes. Remove the string and slice the turkey breast to serve.
  5. Meanwhile, make the Mulled cranberry sauce. Cut 2 strips of orange rind, about 2cm wide and 8cm long, avoiding the white pith. Squeeze 1/3 cup (80ml) juice from the orange.
  6. Combine half the cranberries, the juice and wine in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat for 5 minutes or until cranberries thaw and soften. Use a potato masher to roughly crush the cranberries.
  7. Add the remaining cranberries, the cinnamon stick, cloves and orange rind. Bring to a simmer and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring often, until the cranberries have thawed and softened. Stir in the stevia and honey. Season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Notes

TIP: Order your turkey breast fillet from a specialist poultry shop. You can make the sauce a day in advance.

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