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    Turkey breast & herb roulade

    This recipe gives you the flexibility of having up to two centrepiece meals from one turkey, serving 4 or 8 people 

    • Preparation time: 30 minutes
    • Cooking time: 95 minutes
    • Total time: 2 hours 5 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 5 minutes

    Serves: 4 or 8 (with leftovers)


    4-6kg medium free range bronze feathered whole turkey with giblets
    1½ tbsp vegetable oil
    1½ x 230g packs No.1 Free Range Beech Smoked Streaky Bacon

    For the herb paste (for 1 roulade)
    25g pack flat leaf parsley
    ½ x 25g pack mint, leaves only
    25g pack basil, trimmed
    6 anchovies from a jar, drained
    1 large clove garlic
    1 tbsp nonpareille capers, drained
    1 unwaxed lemon, finely grated zest and 1 tbsp juice
    2 tbsp olive oil


    1. To make 1 roulade for four: place the ingredients for the herb paste into a food processor, then blend to make a coarse paste. Season if needed and transfer to a bowl. Press a layer of clingfilm directly against the surface and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Joint the turkey (see steps below).

    2. Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Take one of the breasts and legs. Rub the leg with 1 tbsp vegetable oil and season well. Place to one side of a large roasting tin and put in the oven for 20 minutes. (Chill or freeze the turkey if only cooking for 4.)

    3. Meanwhile, make a deep incision in the side of the breast, about 2/3 of the way through, opening it up flat like a book. Season, then put a large sheet of clingfilm on the work surface, with a large sheet of greaseproof paper on top. Lay the bacon rashers, short ends closest to you and stretching them as you go, in a slightly overlapping single layer, until about the same size as the butterflied breast. Put the turkey on top and spread with the chilled herb paste. Roll up very tightly, using the paper and clingfilm to help, to form a long cylinder. Discard the paper and clingfilm. Tie tightly in several places with cooks’ string and rub with the remaining vegetable oil.

    4. Add the tied roulade to the baking tray beside the leg and return to the oven. After 5 minutes, reduce the temperature to 170ºC, gas mark 3 and then continue to roast for 65-70 minutes, basting once or twice, until the leg and roulade are thoroughly cooked, the juices run clear and there is no pink meat. Leave to rest for 15 minutes, then divide the leg into a thigh and drumstick and cut the roulade into slices. Serve with the usual festive trimmings.

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    Cook’s tip

    The other leg and breast can be chilled or frozen for later. You can double the herb paste and repeat. The bones can be used for stock/gravy another time.


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