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Turkey Roulade is a guarantee for tender, juicy, flavorful turkey! It’s a beautiful addition to your holiday table that isn’t very complicated and, best of all, you put it together the day before you plan to eat it. And with all of the fresh herbs and garlic, this turkey roulade is not only wonderful hot – leftovers make exceptional sandwiches!

Turkey Roulade being sliced.

When you roast a whole turkey, there’s always that moment of truth, that first slice of the breast: Will it be juicy and tender or dry and hard to swallow? I admit that over the years, we’ve had some of both in our home.

That’s why the Turkey Porchetta recipe from The Food Lab caught my eye.

It looked so juicy and I loved the idea of all of those little herb pockets. But would it be a fussy process? Really, not too bad. I followed The Food Lab’s process exactly, but used a classic garlic and fresh herb mixture instead of the herbs and spices used to season porchetta.

I love to serve this Turkey Roulade with Mashed Red Potatoes or Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with Turkey Gravy without drippings or Cheesy Potatoes, Cornbread Dressing, Sourdough Stuffing or Cornbread Pudding, Cranberry Orange Relish, Brioche Dinner Rolls, and steamed green beans for an easy and spectacular Thanksgiving meal.

How to Make Turkey Roulade

1. Start out with a whole bone-in, skin-on turkey breast. Carefully remove the skin in one piece and lay flat on a work surface. With a sharp knife, remove each side of the breast. Lay the breast halves side by side on the skin and slice a diagonal pattern in them. Rub all over with garlic herb mix.

turkey-roulade-ready-to-roll

2. Starting from one long side, roll the breast meat up in the skin and secure with butcher’s twine. Transfer to a baking dish or container large enough for the turkey roulade to lay flat. Cover and refrigerator for one to two days to allow flavors to meld.

herbed-turkey-roulade

3. A couple of hours before you plan to eat, brown turkey roulade on all sides in high heat oil and then slow-roast on a rack in a baking sheet at 275°F until thickest part of turkey roulade registers 150°F, about 2 hours. Remove from oven and transfer to cutting board. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve.

turkey-roulade-served


For me, the best part of a turkey dinner is the promise of leftovers. And slices of this roulade make incredibly delicious sandwiches or chop/shred to use in Turkey Pot Pie, Turkey Pot Pie Soup or Turkey and Rice Soup the next day.

Fresh Herb and Garlic Turkey Breast Roulade

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Calories: 385
Servings: 10 people
Special Equipment: You’ll need butchers twine for securing the roulade. Note: Assemble the roulade a day or two before you plan to cook it to give the meat time to soak up the flavor from the garlic and fresh herbs.

Ingredients  

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 pounds bone-in, skin on turkey breast patted dry
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil with a high smoke point such as avocado or canola

Instructions 

  • Add first 7 ingredients (salt through olive oil) to a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Carefully remove skin from turkey breast and lay it flat on a large work surface, like a cutting board. With a sharp knife, slice along the ridge of the turkey breast, using the knife and your hands, carefully separate the breast from the bone. Repeat with other breast half. Remove tenderloin from each breast half and reserve for another use.
  • With your knife, butterfly the thick area on each breast half, leaving the last 1/2-inch connected. Fold out the flap so that the meat is a relatively even thickness.
  • Lay the half breasts side by side on the skin. Slash meat in a 1-inch diagonal pattern, cutting about 1/2-inch deep into the meat. Rub garlic and herb mixture evenly over the meat, taking care to get it down into the cuts.
  • Lift an edge of the skin and carefully roll the turkey meat into a tight cylinder. The skin should cover it completely. Tie the roast with 6 or 7 8-inch lengths of butcher’s twine. Starting from the outsides and working toward the middle to maintain a consistent shape.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours and up to 2 days.
  • When ready to cook, preheat oven to 275°F.
  • Place oven-safe wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Season roulade all over with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat until shimmering. Add turkey and cook, turning often until all sides are golden brown. Transfer turkey to rack on baking sheet and transfer to oven.
  • Roast until thickest part of turkey roulade registers 150°F, about 2 hours. Remove from oven and transfer to cutting board. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 640mg | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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14 Comments

  1. Sally Humeniuk says:

    5 stars
    I made this yesterday for Thanksgiving and for the first time, I actually had a turkey success, Marissa! So easy to put together and you’re right that rolling everything a few days in advance only helped the herbs and garlic infuse into the breast for fabulous flavor. Plus, it was so easy to cook the day of serving. Thanks so all your fabulous recipes, friend!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      aww…this makes me so happy, Sally! I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed this!

  2. Suzanne says:

    If making two at the same time. How much longer should it be cooked in oven?

    1. Marissa says:

      Hi Suzanne! That’s a great question. I haven’t cooked 2 at once, but imagine it will take at least 30 minutes more. I definitely recommend monitoring the internal temp with a meat thermometer, testing in a few places on each roulade.