Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Apple and Walnut Stuffed Turkey Breast (10 easy steps!)

Don't dread hosting Thanksgiving dinner just because you feel pressured into cooking an entire turkey. We believe that the holidays should be stress-free. That's why we created this shortcut turkey recipe. Every year we go over to Mr. P's mom's house to help her prepare Thanksgiving dinner. The day is filled with laughter and memories instead of stress and resentment. That's because she makes a couple of turkey breasts instead of an entire turkey. She usually makes an herb-crusted turkey breast, but we decided to give her recipe our own spin by adding an apple and walnut stuffing. Nothing says fall more than apples and walnuts!  You can make it too with these 10 easy steps! Gobble gobble!


2-3 pound turkey breast
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1 apple, chopped
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of chopped rosemary
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 rosemary sprigs
1 lemon
Olive oil
Unsalted butter
1/2 cup of cooking wine
1 14.5 oz can of chicken broth
1 tablespoon of flour

Kitchen Essentials:

Potato peeler
Small bowl
Measuring spoons
Stainless Steal Pan (must be oven-proof)
Kitchen tong
Kitchen twin
Kitchen thermometer
Measuring cup
Carving Knife

Feeds 4-6 people.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Step 1: In a bowl, combine the chopped walnuts, apples, the juice of half of a lemon, rosemary, nutmeg, cinnamon, and honey. Mix with a spoon and set aside. 

Step 2: Next, carefully separate the skin from the turkey breast to create a pocket. Do not remove the skin completely. 

Step 3: Now stuff the pocket with the walnut mixture, using your clean hands to carefully distribute the stuffing evenly underneath the flap. 

Step 4: Tie a knot around the turkey breast with kitchen twine to keep everything together. 

Step 5: Coat the skin of the turkey with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and plenty of salt and pepper.

Step 6: Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the turkey skin-side down on the pan. Cook until the skin becomes golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. 

Step 7: Carefully flip over to brown the other side of the breast. Cook for another 5 minutes and then remove from the heat. 

Step 8: Add the juice of the other half of the lemon, cooking wine and chicken broth to the pan. With a baster, squeeze some of the liquid from the bottom of the pan and pour it over the top of the crispy skin. 

Step 9: Place the turkey breast in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. Make sure to baste the turkey every 10-15 minutes. The turkey is ready when a kitchen thermometer reads 165 degrees when inserted in the middle of the breast.

Step 10: The last step is to make the gravy using the juices from the pan. Remove the turkey from the pan and place on a platter to rest. Take out the rosemary sprig and lemons. Strain the liquid into a measuring cup and discard of any loose scraps. Return the pan to the stove over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of flour into the pan and whisk. Once a paste is formed, slowly add one cup of the reserved liquid and continue to whisk for a few minutes until the liquid thickens. If the gravy becomes too thick, just add more of the reserve liquid or water.


  1. You make it seem so simple to prepare! It sure looks very delicious!

  2. I love the idea of cooking an entire turkey, but this is much more convenient for everyday turkey eating.

  3. Good work,I love the idea of cooking ..Ithink it was very delicious..

  4. Love the stuffing with apples and walnuts! This gravy must be so good!;)

  5. Ooo yummy! I simply love the apple and walnut stuffing.

  6. Wow, this looks so good. I never had the courage to roast a turkey, maybe i should try doing it this way. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I'm in the mood for a good stuffed turkey breast now!

  8. This looks so much easier than roasting an entire turkey. I bet it tastes even better than a whole bird, too!

  9. What a beautiful dish! I love this idea, some years it's just the two of us and we always have sooo much leftover turkey, we'll have to try this!

  10. Wow! Love this creative recipe, you two! I just love stuffing pork rolls with an apple filling and I love this twist for turkey breast. The perfect, tasty solution for those who do not wish to roast a huge turkey for Thanksgiving Day. Such a thoughtful post! xo

  11. That delicious stuffing and drool-worthy gravy! Yum!!

  12. Dear Cristy, I love stuffed turkey breast and this is a great version. It is fresh and flavorful.
    Have a beautiful weekend. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  13. What a perfect idea for a smaller Thanksgiving entree. My hubby would love if I made turkey more than once a year, so I'll put this on my menu for later this winter. It looks amazing!

  14. I seriously doubt that this would be an alternative to an entire roast turkey with cornbread and sausage stuffing (which we love)...but, I must say you have totally inspired me to make this delicious apple and walnut stuffed turkey breast all year round and would get plenty of raves about it.

    Love the preparation, and the light, fragrant stuffing (without the bread included in the stuffing)...absolutely divine!

  15. That must be delicious! A great way of serving turkey breast.



  16. Looks wonderful and I can only imagine the enticing aroma as this bakes. You're right, if you plan ahead, holiday cooking can be so fun!

  17. What a fabulous idea Cristy, and just love the apple + walnut stuffing! A crisp Sauvignon Blanc would be a delicious pairing.

  18. What a very festive meal this is! It sounds amazingly delicious, looks so very elegant and is so very seasonal! Just perfect for the holidays!

  19. Wow, I love the idea of stuffing the turkey breast with sweet stuff...sounds and looks delicious!
    Have a wonderful week :D

  20. I am all about reducing stress in the kitchen during the holidays or any day. This is indeed a really good way to enjoy turkey on Thanksgiving without all the fuss and mess. Thanks for the reminder.


    P.S. If you are interested in submitting a photo for my Wordless Wednesday post, I would love to host you.

  21. Looks like the perfect, stress free holiday meal!
    Great idea to stuff the turkey breast it's lighter and so much easier to handle than the whole bird.
    Love the apple nut stuffing.

  22. This looks delicious! What a great idea to just cook the breast - most of my family prefers the white meat anyway! I love your Thanksgiving table decorations.

  23. I'm loving your stuffed turkey breast idea. Way easier than roasting the whole turkey for sure. :)


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