Ballotine of Turkey Breast

If you’re planning a dinner party, provide your guests with something hearty and delicious.

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Makes 8 Servings; Serving size: 4 ounces

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups firm-packed ballotine stuffing
  • 2 lbs turkey breast with skin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Before butterflying the breast, carefully remove the skin and save.

Place the breast on a cutting, using a slicing or French knife butterfly the breast by slicing into the thickest part while keeping the knife parallel to the cutting board: similar to cutting on a bias.

Slice the thick section until you can open and lay flat the breast. Be careful not to cut totally through resulting in two pieces of breast meat. The idea is to create a flat piece of turkey.

Then place the turkey between cellophane and pound with a mallet until the piece is about 1/2 inch thick. Season with about half of each seasoning, then spread the stuffing evenly leaving a 3/4-inch border.

Roll the turkey with the stuffing to form a cylinder then season the outside with the remaining spices. Take the skin and lay it flat then roll the ballotine in the skin to cover. Secure with butchers twine.

Place on a rack, cover and bake for 75 minutes or until an internal temperature of 160°F.

Let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.