Festive Turkey Roll with Cranberry Sauce

Festive Turkey Roll with Cranberry Sauce

By 09/12/2012

Having lived in the UK for some time now, I have always found it interesting how people really like to follow traditions and have turkey for Christmas.

Supermarket aisles change their layout in preparation for the classic Christmas dinner: plenty of turkeys all nicely lined up in the refrigerators, chestnuts fillings, fresh cranberries and ready made sauces at hand, bacon and sausages, brussels sprouts and colourful red cabbages on display as soon as you step inside.

This is certainly a nice meal but how much work is involved! On Christmas day it can get really manic getting everything done: cooking the turkey and all the trimmings whilst entertaining your guests and looking after the kids at the same time. I often trip on one of their new toys too!

So this year I will be making this roll, preparing it the night before.  All I will need to do is to cook it and pour the cranberry sauce over it on the day. Why not making your life easier if you can!

  • Prep Time : 45 minutes
  • Cook Time : 1 hour 30 minutes



Cook the cranberries with the sugar for 20 minutes. Add a little water as necessary.

Cooking cranberries

Cook the chestnuts in a hot pan for about 30 minutes and then peel them. Check  how to cook chestnuts.

cooking chestnuts

Sprinkle salt and pepper on the flattened turkey breast then lay the spinach leaves on it

Stuffed turkey breast

Lay the bacon on top of the spinach

Stuffed turkey breast with bacon and spinach

Roll tightly the turkey inwards like a cigar

Stuffed turkey breast with bacon and spinach

Tie the roll with some kitchen string

Rolled Turkey Breast with Cranberries

Stir fry the finely chopped onion with 2 tbsp of olive oil until translucent and seal the roll on a high heat adding a drop of wine and cook uncovered for a few minutes until it gets golden in colour.

Rolled Turkey Breast with Cranberries

Turn the heat down and cook the roll (still with the top on) for 20 minutes. Slice and serve with the cranberry sauce the roasted chestnuts and some of the juices released by the meat during cooking.

Rolled Turkey Breast with bacon and cranberries

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8 Responses to Festive Turkey Roll with Cranberry Sauce

  1. Javelin Warrior

    Wow, Alida! This is awesome and looks so tasty. I love the combination of bacon with turkey and cranberries… This would be perfect on any holiday table!

    • Alida

      thank you Mark. It is a very tasty dish.

  2. Laura@howtocookgoodfood

    I am really impressed that you have come up with a delicious alternative to the roast turkey. I will give you more time to relax on the day as well as taste wonderful, with the spinach & bacon to give it moistness fro within. I like this idea a lot!

    • Alida

      Thanks Laura

  3. la cucina di Molly

    Ottimo il tuo tacchino farcito e con quella salsetta ai mirtilli è fantastico, brava! Ciao

  4. Mich Piece of Cake

    This looks delicious! I love that freshly made cranberry sauce on top,makes it extra delicious and Christmas-y.

  5. unikorna

    Amazing, amazing, Alida. Amazing recipe and amazing colors, you’re getting more and more of a food artist :).

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