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turkey ballotine

Amanda Wren-Grimwood
Turkey Ballotine is an easy version of a French classic where the breast envelopes forcemeat with cranberries and chestnuts and the joint is wrapped in bacon.
4.62 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 578 kcal


  • 1 kg turkey breast
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 250 g pork sausagemeat
  • 2 finely chopped shallots
  • 60 g peeled and chopped chestnuts
  • seasoning
  • 60 g dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped sage


  • Heat half the butter in a small pan and soften the shallots.
  • Combine the shallots, seasoning, cranberries, chestnuts, sage with the sausagemeat and shape into a sausage.
  • Open out the fillet from the breast and cut to lay the breast flat.
  • Roll up the turkey and secure with string.
  • Melt the remaining butter, spread on the turkey and season before roasting at 180C/275F/Gas5 for 40 minutes.
  • Remove string, garnish with bacon and roast for a further 30 minutes.
  • Let the joint rest for 20 minutes before carving.


Calories: 578kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 64gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 195mgSodium: 965mgPotassium: 874mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 275IUVitamin C: 7.5mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2.4mg
Keyword ballotine, stuffed, turkey
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