So, in previous years I have made a Turkey Wellington, and I have made a Turkey Roulade… this year the two have been unitied in glorious harmony, I give to you the Turkey Wellington Roulade! You’re welcome! This is an impressive centre piece for any Christmas celebration, it looks great bringing it out, all covered in golden pastry, and when you slice into it it is simply stunning! It also makes a fantastic sandwich if you have leftovers!
I made this for a small Christmas Party I had at the weekend as part of a buffet, because the turkey part is thin it can happily be eaten with just a fork, which is handy! Again, this recipe may look tricky but when you break it into individual steps it really really isn’t. Give it a go and wow your guests this year!
Serves 8 comfortably
1 x ~1.6kg Turkey Breast (I get a frozen butter basted one from Tescos, defrost it and trim it so I just have the meat, no skin)
400g sausage meat (I use Lincolnshire sausages coz I like the flavour)
100g bread crumbs
75g dried cranberries
1/2 tin chopped chestnuts
1 small egg
250g smoked bacon lardons
~30 rashers pancetta
500g puff pastrya little milk for brushing (or beaten egg, either works)
- Take your Turkey Breast and trim it so all you have left is the meat. Turn it over so the good side is downwards.
- Carefully split the breast about 1/3 through the breast, making sure to not cut all the way through.
- Repeat the split halfway through the remaining meat cutting from the fold towards the outer edge.
- The breast should unfold like a letter.
Here is a (hopefully somewhat) illustrative diagram for you.
- If you need to flatten it more you can score cuts partly through the meat to help it lie flat.
- Now take a rolling pin and give it a bit of a bash, especially if you have any fatter sections, beat it until it is mostly uniform and as close to a rectangle as you can get it without splitting the meat.
- In a medium size bowl mix together the sausage meat, breadcrumbs, cranberries, chestnuts, lardons and egg. Add a little bit of seasoning and give it a really good squidge together with your hands.
- Spread the stuffing mixture over the turkey, spreading it into a layer of even thickness across the turkey. You may not need all of the stuffing, in fact it is a good idea to keep some back for evening things out later.
- Choose which edge looks the straightest and then start rolling from the oposite edge so you finish with a cleaner line.
- If you have any vastly different thicknesses you can pad it with stuffing so you get a nice smooth roll. Gently shape the ends so they are more squared off.
- On a clean, floured worksurface roll out your puff pastry so that it is wide enough and long enought to wrap around your turkey. It should be around the thickness of a £1 coin. Keep rolling, it’ll get there!- Place a layer of pancetta rashers in the centre of the pastry, then place the turkey on top, with the join pointing to the top.
- Pull the pancetta rashers up the side of the turkey and place another layer over the top and round the sides so that the whole thing is encased in pancetta.
- Now gently wrap the pastry around the turkey, brushing the edges that join with milk to make them stick.
- Neatly fold the ends up and make sure that all of the joins are on the top side of the turkey.
- Now, carefully and gently pick up / roll your turkey into an oven proof tin or dish so that all of the seams are underneath and you have a nice, clean pastry top.
- Now you can add any decoarations that you wish, use spare pastry to create shapes, or simply use your fingers to pinch or crimp a pattern on top.
- Brush with milk and bake in the oven at gas mark 6/200C for 2 hours.
- When the tme is up get two spatulas/fish slices and carefully lift the Wellington out and onto your carving board/serving platter.
- There will be an amount of juice in the tray so this will have something of a soggy bottom. If you want to avoid this then you can try pan cooking your sausage meat first before making the stuffing and draining off the excess fat. This should cut down on the amount of liquid produced, but I like to drain it off and make a gravy out of it all. You could also try baking it on a rack over a roasting tin but I’ve never tried it so I’m not sure how the pastry might hold up to that kind of treatment. .
- Allow the Wellington to rest on a carving board/serving platter for 20 minutes or so before serving.