Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Grilled Turkey Breast with Date and Apricot Stuffing

Garden Sage
I made this recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner this year and it was really good.  I wanted to fix turkey this week and decided to pull out the recipe.  I had all the ingredients that I needed, with one substitution.  I have sage growing in my flower bed so I harvested a few leaves.   

I really love sage.  My grandma Burkhart had several sage bushes and when I was a kid visiting, I'd pick the leaves right off the bushes and eat them.  Grandma would scold me for eating them because there might be bugs or worms but that didn't stop me!  However, if you are using fresh sage, as the recipe calls for, be sure to wash it to rid it from any bugs and dirt.

This is not a difficult recipe and the preparation time is more than most but the tasty result is well worth the extra effort.  You will find this recipe is a nice alternative to the traditional roasted bird and works well for special occasions or for week night supper. 

Since you will be handling raw meat, be sure to clean up thoroughly with soapy water and avoid cross contamination of utensils and work surfaces.  I did a lot of handwashing while making this to take all the photos!

Turkey Breast with Date and Apricot Stuffing


1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup pitted and coarsely chopped dried dates
1/3 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
Salt & Pepper to Taste

1 boneless, skinless turkey breast half (1 3/4 to 2 lbs)
Salt and Pepper
3 slices of thick-sliced bacon
Kitchen String


Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently.  Cook until the onion is soft and lightly browned.  Set aside to cool.

Minced Ingredients
Put the dates, apricots, walnuts, parsley and sage into the bowl of a small food processor.  Pulse until everything is minced and well combined.   Transfer to a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Place the turkey breast on a cutting board and with a sharp knife parallel to the work surface, slice open the turkey breast horizontally, working from the thicker side of the lobe to the thinner side and not cutting all the way through.

Open up the turkey breast like a book and season generously with salt and pepper.  Spread the stuffing evenly over half the opened breast, leaving a little border around the outer edge.  Fold the other half of the turkey breast over the stuffing, encasing the stuffing as much as possible.

Lay the three strips of bacon lengthwise on top o the turkey breast and tie the breast crosswise with kitchen string in four or five places to hold everything together.

Season both sides of the turkey with salt and pepper.

Preheat your gas grill to 350 degrees.  Place the turkey breast bacon side up on the grill and maintain the heat for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, turn the breast over and continue to maintain the grill at 350 and continue cooking the turkey breast for an additional 20-30 minutes or until the center of the breast reads 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer.

Remove the turkey from the grill, let rest for 10 minutes loosely covered with foil. 

Carve and serve.

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