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Cedar Planked Stuffed Turkey Breast

By Robyn Lindars from GrillGirl.com

Boneless Turkey Breast is the ultimate versatile protein for stuffing, giving the option to get creative with your favorite ingredients. In this recipe, blue cheese, craisins, pecans and thyme make for a rich filling that is stuffed into the breast and then roasted on cedar planks on the grill to obtain smoke flavor. Next, the turkey is then basted in a garlic thyme compound butter to keep it moist and juicy while cooking on the grill. It is then sliced, yielding a turkey pinwheel that makes for the perfect creamy, crunchy, smoky bite, which is an excellent dish for date night or any night you want to take dinner to the next level.

Note: this technique can be adapted to any flavor combo you like:

Italian: Provolone cheese, pine nuts, marinara + basil

Greek: Feta cheese, roasted red peppers, olives + oregano

French: Brie, mushrooms, tarragon

  • 2-3 Servings
  • 30 mins Prep Time
  • 1 hr 20 mins Total Time

Ingredients

Filling

  • ½ cup blue cheese
  • ¼ cup craisins
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped

Compound Butter

  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 cedar plank
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 7 tbsp butter
  • Step 1

    Presoak your cedar plank in water 30 minutes before putting it on the grill. Remove butter from the refrigerator so it can soften.
  • Step 2

    Remove skin from turkey and butterfly the breast by cutting it lengthwise in the middle so that it can lay flat. Rub the turkey with salt and pepper.
  • Step 3

    Combine the blue cheese, craisins, chopped pecans, fresh thyme and one tablespoon butter in a bowl. Add the olive oil and mix together, ensuring the blue cheese is crumbled. Spread the filling out on the turkey breast. Roll the breast together in a tight bundle and tie together with the cooking twine, tying in three places along the breast, and optionally a final one across both the ends to keep the stuffing from falling out. Place the rolled breast on the cedar plank.
  • Step 4

    Combine sea salt, remaining thyme, garlic and butter with a stick blender. Microwave the butter for 30 seconds to melt it to be used for basting on the grill.
  • Step 5

    Heat your grill to 400ºF, creating a direct and indirect zone. Place the cedar plank on the indirect side and let it cook until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF as tested with an internal read meat thermometer; this should take about 50 minutes, give or take a few minutes. After you put the turkey on the grill, baste with butter and continue to baste every time you check the temperature, finishing with remaining butter before taking the turkey off the grill.
  • Step 6

    Let the meat rest under foil a few minutes and then slice into pinwheels. This dish pairs wonderfully with a simple arugula salad tossed with balsamic dressing.
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