A pot-roasted turkey brings spring flavors to Easter

A joyous Easter awaits with this unique recipe full of enticing flavors. While a turkey feast marks the day of gratitude in the fall, spring is another great time for a pot-roasted turkey dish that brings added meaning to Easter – a sense of everlasting life.

Prepare this special dish in the comfort of your home with the recipe below as a scrumptious addition to the holiday meal.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 3 lbs. young turkey breast, trimmed
  • Salt and pepper (season to taste)
  • 4 tablespoons clarified butter (commercial)

For Filling

  • 4 ounces turkey breast, trimmed
  • ½ cup cream, full-fat (35%)
  • 2 ¾ tablespoons pistachio nuts, peeled
  • 2 ¼ tablespoons pumpkin seeds, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons whole hazelnuts, shelled
  • ¼ cup pecans (shelled, peeled or whole)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, fresh
  • Salt and pepper (season to taste)

Additional Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tablespoons clarified butter (commercial)
  • 1 cup pearl onions, peeled
  • 2/3 cup carrots peeled
  • 2/3 cup yellow carrot (Palatinate), peeled
  • ¾ cup celery, cleaned

For Sauce

  • A little less than 2/3 cup Port wine, red (fortified wine)
  • 2 ½ cups thickened veal jus (or beef stock)


  • Cut turkey breast meat for the filling into ¼-inch large cubes, then keep in the refrigerator. Wash the thyme, pick the leaves, dry and chop finely.
  • Mix the meat together with half of the cream and salt in a blender. Blend to a fine puree.
  • Press the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and let cool down in an ice-water basin. Mix in the rest of the cream and season with salt, pepper and thyme. Add the whole nuts, mix in and let cool in refrigerator.
  • Cut carrots and yellow carrots into even sized lozenges (2x2 cm). Wash the celery, peel off any fibers and cut into lozenges.


  • Cut pocket into the turkey breast. Fill in with the nut filling and close the pocket with a butcher string or toothpicks.
  • Quickly glaze in a rondeau pot pearl onions, carrots, yellow carrots and celery in clarified butter.
  • Season turkey breast with salt and pepper, put on top of the vegetables in the rondeau pot and glaze with hot clarified butter.
  • Pot-roast by 2/3 of the turkey breast covered at a temperature of 320°F in the oven. Afterwards, remove the cover and finish the pot-roasting process with a temperature of 356°F in the oven while the turkey breast gets slightly light brown colored. Occasionally, glaze with the cooking liquid and keep to a core temperature of 160°F.
  • Take out the turkey breast and the vegetables, keep aside warm (remove butcher string and/or toothpicks).
  • Pour off the oil from the rondeau pot, deglaze with port wine and reduce by half
  • Add the thickened brown veal stock. Reduce to the desired consistency. Strain the sauce through a sieve and season.


  • Dress the vegetables onto a plate or platter
  • Carve the turkey breast with a thin and sharp carving knife. Arrange the turkey breast in a fan-like manner onto the vegetables and brush with butter

Makes 6 servings

Preparation Suggestion:

After the cooking process, put the turkey breast aside in an area to keep warm for at least 20 minutes before serving.

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