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Tuscan-Style Turkey Alla Porchetta


If you can, order your turkey from a local farm, and ask for it to be boned with the skin on. The wing and leg bones should be removed, and the turkey tenders should be included. Make sure you have the wing tips, neck, and giblets for the gravy. Rolling the turkey ensures that each slice will include both light and dark meat.

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  • Servings: 12

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2011


  • 15 thin slices Prosciutto di Parma or San Daniele prosciutto
  • 1 whole boned, skin-on pasture-raised heritage turkey (10 to 12 pounds), wing tips, neck, and giblets reserved for Giblet Gravy
  • Flaked sea salt, preferably Maldon
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons tender fennel fronds, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fennel seeds, coarsely ground
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon fennel pollen (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Giblet Gravy for Tuscan-Style Turkey alla Porchetta


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange prosciutto slices vertically side by side on a cutting board, overlapping each by 3/4 inch. Place turkey, skin side down, on the prosciutto slices, with wings at top and legs at bottom. Arrange turkey tenders at each side to fill in the space between the wings and legs.

  2. Sprinkle turkey with 2 tablespoons salt, including the back side of the tenders and under any other loose pieces of meat. Sprinkle garlic, fennel fronds, fennel seeds, rosemary, sage, and fennel pollen evenly over turkey. Arrange turkey so there are no separations (turkey should be in one even layer).

  3. Starting from the bottom, roll turkey tightly with prosciutto, keeping prosciutto in place. Tie together with kitchen twine at 3-inch intervals.

  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Brown rolled turkey on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a roasting rack set on a large rimmed baking sheet or in a roasting pan. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center reaches 165 degrees and juices run clear, about 50 minutes. Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with gravy.

Cook's Notes

Fennel pollen can be purchased at

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  • MS11373124
    25 NOV, 2011
    I also made this for Thanksgiving 2011. For a 12 pound bird it took almost an hour and 20 minutes to get it to temperature, but it was very, very good. Full of aroma and flavor, easy to carve and a beautiful presentation. I had to smile and charm the butcher a lot to get him to bone it, but it was worth it.....
  • pamchun
    25 NOV, 2011
    I made this for the first time forThanksgiving. My guests RAVED about the taste, texture, aroma, and presentation.. I had fun deboning the turkey and rolling it up. Did it by myself. My guests want the recipe and want me to prepare it next Thanksgiving. I used a 16 pound fresh turkey so it took 3 hrs to get to 165 degrees.