Love and Spices: Pan-roasted
turkey with chestnut sauce

This rolled turkey breast is an excellent alternative to a twenty-pound stuffed turkey

Recipe by Monique Singer

Previously published October 3, 2020

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Westmount Magazine is proud to offer its readers sample recipes from Love and Spices, a beautifully illustrated cookbook by Monique Singer. With this series, you will discover some unique recipes dedicated to cooking with spices, from hors-d’œuvres to desserts.

Monique Singer knows how to make people talk, sing and dance spices! From her earliest childhood, alongside her grandmother and sisters, she learned how to create a delicious and original cuisine with her senses, her hands and all her love.

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Pan-roasted turkey with chestnut sauce

Roasting a whole turkey may seem a bit over the top if you do not have a crowd coming to dinner.
Here’s a quickly browned free-range organic rolled turkey breast finished with a rich and creamy chestnut sauce.
Your butcher will debone and tie it for you.
Keep in mind that turkey can get dry when overcooked.

Preparation: 30 min | Cooking time: 11/2 hour | Yields: 6 to 8 servings

  • 1.2 kg / 2.65 lb boneless, ready rolled and tied turkey breast
  • 1 1/2 / 350 ml cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup whole chestnuts
  • 1 cup turkey stock (if not available, chicken broth will do)
  • 4 tbsp chestnut cream
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp fine herbs
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground white pepper
  • A pinch of cayenne

In a mixing bowl, pour 1 tablespoon oil with Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon fine herbs, salt and pepper.
Spread the mixture evenly over the turkey breast and on all sides.
Pour 1 tablespoon of oil and spread to coat the entire bottom of a roasting pot.
Place the turkey breast in the roasting pot over medium-high heat.
When hot, sear the turkey breast on both sides until golden, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Remove and set aside.
Deglaze the pot with 1 cup white wine along with 1 cup broth.
Scrape off all bits on medium-high heat.
Then pour over a fine metal strainer to remove all bits.
Pour the strained sauce back into the pot.
Add the bay leaves, the 1/2 cup wine, fine herbs, thyme and give it a good stir.
Add the chestnut cream and combine until slightly thickened.
Place the turkey breast back in the pot, stir in the chestnuts.
Lower heat to medium-low and baste.
Cover the pot and simmer for about 40 minutes, basting and turning the turkey occasionally.
Finish the sauce with a pinch of cayenne.

Images: Anne Fillion

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