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Greek-style turkey breast roulade with spinach and dill

Total Time
1 hr 55 min
40 min
1 hr
A turkey roulade makes a nice alternative for a full turkey. We filled ours with a mixture of rice, spinach, carrot, and feta. Using your fingertips to crush dried herbs, like oregano, before adding them to a dish, helps release their full flavor. If your turkey does not stay rolled, tie roll crosswise with kitchen twine every 2 inches to hold shape. Tie roll once lengthwise to secure ends. Remove and discard strings after cooking.


Uncooked arborio rice

¼ cup(s), or other medium-grain rice

Kosher salt

1½ tsp, or to taste


1 medium clove(s), gently smashed and peeled

Olive oil

1 tsp

Fresh baby spinach

10 oz

Uncooked carrot(s)

1 medium, finely chopped

Dried oregano

2 tsp, crushed with fingertips, divided

Dried ground coriander

¾ tsp

Crumbled feta cheese

½ cup(s)


3 Tbsp, fresh, chopped, divided

Lemon zest

1 Tbsp, freshly grated


1 large egg(s), beaten

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground, divided (or to taste)

Bay leaf

3 leaf/leaves

Unsalted butter

2 Tbsp

Uncooked boneless skinless turkey breast

2 pound(s), butterflied and flattened to 1/2-inch thickness


  1. Cook rice in a large pot of salted boiling water until tender, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, on a cutting board, mound garlic with 1/4 tsp salt. Using blade and flat side of chef’s knife, chop and scrape mixture into a paste; set aside.
  2. In a large wide pot with lid, heat oil over medium. Add spinach, carrot, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tsp water. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, immediately stir in garlic mixture, 1 tsp oregano and coriander, then spread on a large plate and let cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, drain rice, then spread on a large plate and let cool to room temperature, about 5 minutes.
  3. Using hands, squeeze dry spinach mixture in small handfuls, then transfer to a cutting board and coarsely chop. In a bowl, mix together spinach, cooled rice, feta, 2 Tbsp dill, zest, egg, 1/4 tsp salt and generous pinch pepper.
  4. Lay turkey breast flat and season with 1/2 tsp salt and generous pinch pepper. Spread spinach filling on top, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Starting at 1 long side, roll up turkey jelly-roll style. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  5. Preheat oven to 400ºF with rack in middle.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan or skillet, combine butter, bay leaves, remaining 1 Tbsp dill and remaining 1 tsp oregano, and generous pinch pepper. Heat over medium-low, until butter is melted; remove from heat.
  7. Set roulade in a baking dish. Brush wish butter mixture, then season with 1/4 tsp salt and generous pinch pepper. Tuck bay leaves under twine. Roast until thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 165ºF, 40-45 minutes.
  8. Remove roulade from oven. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 15 minutes before thinly slicing crosswise into 16 pieces.
  9. Serving size: 2 slices