Bacon wrapped turkey breast with apple stuffing is a beautiful paleo and whole30 compliant dish that is perfect for a small Thanksgiving gathering.
We used our fireplace for the first time last night! The only reason I agreed to a fire was so that I could make s’mores. Bacon s’mores to be exact. Which were AMAAAAZING. I may have had 3. I highly recommend putting a slice of bacon between marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker.
What does that have to do with bacon wrapped turkey breast with apple stuffing? Nothing. Except maybe the bacon.
A bacon wrapped turkey breast with apple stuffing is a beautiful alternative to a whole turkey. Especially if you are only feeding a small group. We used to have very small Thanksgiving gatherings. Like… 4 or 5 people total. So this dish was always perfect since preparing a whole turkey would have been a bit overkill.
This recipe isn’t overly complicated but I also can’t say it’s a simple dish to put together. You need to make the filling which includes sautéed onions, apples, mushrooms, and walnuts. I love adding flaxseed to this to give it that breadcrumb texture while also giving you a boost of omega-3s.
The turkey breast itself needs to be butterflied and then pounded out until it’s about a half inch thick. I just lay it on a cutting board with a big piece of plastic wrap on top and pound it with the bottom of a mason jar.
Then just lay down some bacon and place your turkey breast on top. Spread the stuffing on the flattened turkey breast and roll it up. Tie some twine around to hold it all together, sear the whole thing, and roast it.
Okay, that sounds like a lot of steps. More than my usual recipes but hey, it’s Thanksgiving. You can get a little crazy once a year.
Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast with Apple Stuffing Recipe Notes:
- You can ask your butcher to butterfly the turkey breast for you or use this tutorial to do it yourself.
- This dish pairs beautifully with my naturally sweetened orange cinnamon cranberry sauce
Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast with Apple Stuffing
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1 hr 15 min
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2 hr 15 min
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Total Carbohydrates 6g
Dietary Fiber 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- 1 tablespoon bacon fat, ghee, or coconut oil
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1/2 apple, diced (I used granny smith)
- 3 oz crimini or shitake mushrooms, diced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoon flaxseed meal
- 5 slices bacon
- 2 - 2 1/2 lb turkey breast, butterflied
- In a medium size skillet over medium heat, melt the cooking fat then saute the onion and apple for about 5 minutes until fragrant. Add the mushrooms, sage, walnuts, salt, dijon mustard, and apple cider vinegar. Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently until everything is slightly softened. Remove from heat and stir in the flaxseed meal. Taste and season more if needed. Set aside.
- Take butterflied turkey breast and lay it between two pieces of plastic wrap. Pound the breast out until it is about 1/2 inch thick.
- On a cutting board, lay a large piece of plastic wrap down. Place 5 strips of bacon parallel to each other and slightly overlapping on the plastic wrap. Place the flattened out turkey breast lengthwise, cut side up, onto the bacon strips. Scoop the stuffing mixture onto the turkey breast then use the plastic wrap to help you roll it up. Make sure the bacon strips stay flat against the turkey breast.
- Wrap the whole thing in the plastic wrap and twist the ends closed. Let the turkey breast rest in the refrigerator for about an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 375°.
- Remove the turkey breast from the fridge and take the plastic wrap off. Take 5 pieces of twine and tie each one around the turkey. Try to center each piece of twine in the middle of each bacon strip.
- In a large cast iron (or other oven safe) skillet over medium-high heat, sear each side of the turkey breast for about 3 minutes per side or until the bacon becomes crispy all over.
- Transfer the whole skillet into the oven and roast for about 40 minutes or until the internal temperature of the turkey breast reaches 150°.
- Remove from the oven and place an aluminum foil tent on top and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
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