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Kale- and Sausage-Stuffed Turkey Breast

This recipe is perfect for anyone who finds carving a whole bird daunting but still wants tender white meat and flavorful stuffing. How to Prep and Carve Turkey Breast

  • prep: 55 mins
    total time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • servings: 8




  • 1 boneless turkey breast (about 7 pounds), trimmed and butterflied
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Kale and Sausage Stuffing
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove skin from turkey; reserve.

  2. Step 2

    Place turkey breast, skinned side down, on a cutting board. Spread halves of breast apart so breast opens like a book. Release tenders (strips of meat) from breast. With a sharp knife, slice through thickest part of each breast half, creating flaps that you can open to create a more uniform thickness.

  3. Step 3

    Cover turkey with plastic wrap. Gently pound to an even thickness (about 3/4 inch thick) using a meat mallet. Remove plastic. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Step 4

    Spread stuffing over surface of breast in an even layer.

  5. Step 5

    Tightly roll turkey breast, starting from your left side, to enclose stuffing.

  6. Step 6

    Center reserved skin over top of roast, and wrap turkey tightly, smoothing skin out over meat to remove any air pockets beneath skin.

  7. Step 7

    Using a few short lengths of kitchen twine, tie roast at 3 or 4 evenly spaced intervals to keep skin from coming loose. Rub oil over skin, and season generously with salt and pepper.

  8. Step 8

    Transfer turkey, seam side down, to a large roasting pan. Roast for 45 minutes.

  9. Step 9

    Season brussels sprouts with salt; add to pan. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the turkey reaches 155 degrees, about 30 minutes more. Transfer turkey to a cutting board, and let rest for 20 minutes before slicing. Serve with brussels sprouts.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2010