Simple and delicious, this Christmas turkey recipe is sure to impress without the stress.


  • Turkey

  • 1 x 1-1.5kg boneless Turkey breast with skin

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

  • Pistachio and Cranberry Stuffing

  • 40 g butter

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 100 g chopped pancetta, rind removed

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

  • 120 g fresh white breadcrumbs

  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped

  • 100g craisins sweetened dried cranberries

  • 50g pistachios, roughly chopped

  • Sea salt

  • Ground black pepper


  • Pistachio and cranberry stuffing:

  • 1.

    Heat the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat.

  • 2.

    Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3–4 minutes until softened.

  • 3.

    Add the pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until cooked through.

  • 4.

    Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

  • 5.

    Tip everything into a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, sage, craisins and pistachios, season well and stir together.

  • 6.

    Leave to cool completely before using.

  • Turkey:

  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F/Gas 5).

  • 2.

    Put the turkey breast, skin-side-down, on a board. Spoon the cooled stuffing down the middle of the breast and then roll up the turkey to enclose the stuffing.

  • 3.

    Tie the turkey with kitchen string every 2 cm (about an inch) to secure and then place in a large roasting tin.

  • 4.

    Brush the entire surface of the turkey with melted butter.

  • 5.

    Roast for 40 minutes, or until golden brown and the juices run clear when you poke a skewer into the thickest part of the breast.

  • 6.

    Cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for 15 minutes before carving.


Recipe from Every Day by Bill Granger, published by Murdoch Books and photography by Petrina Tinslay

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Posted by hungry girlReport
Hi Jan, what herbs are available to you over there?? I would try marjoram ... or thyme ... let me know how it goes!
Posted by hungry girlReport
It was half a cup of dried cranberries, a few tbsps of sugar, a cup of water and the zest and juice of an orange in a saucepan and cooked for 15 mins until reduced and syrupy ... yum!
Posted by DW21Report
This is on my Christmas menu for 2009. Just love Bill Granger's recipe style, nice and easy and always delicious food is the outcome. Just love his new cookbook 'Feed me Now"
Posted by KMcBReport
great flavours, really enjoyed, will definitely make again
Posted by ZinkaReport
can this stuffing be mades fewdays before
Posted by Report
Made this today...found I didn't have any craisins so used half a jar of cranberry sauce...worked well, turned out great! From recipe would have cooked it skin side down but wanted some colour so did it skin side up which turned out well. Also made gravy for the bits in the pan, also turned out great! Very happy!
Posted by Report
I watched it last night and wrote it down. It was 1 hr 10 mins @ 200C