Tacchino Ripieno - for non-Italians, that means turkey stuffed with chestnuts and prunes ??? is chef Mario Batali's favorite way to cook turkey because, he says, it never comes out dry. st.
ingredients
method
ingredients

Stuffed Turkey

  • 1 whole turkey breast (boned/halved/butterflied by your butcher - 5 to 6 pounds total)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound pancetta cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork shoulder
  • 10 prunes (pitted and quartered)
  • 12 chestnuts (roasted/peeled/halved)
  • 2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano (freshly grated)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • Nutmeg (freshly grated)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon sage (chopped)
  • 3 cups dry white wine
step-by-step directions
step-by-step directions
  • Pound the butterflied breasts to flatten then season with salt and pepper and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a 12- to 14-inch sauté pan, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat until smoking. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Add the pork and cook until it starts to brown in its own fat, about 25 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Drain all but 4 tablespoons of the fat from the pan and add the prunes and chestnuts. Continue cooking for 8 minutes until the prunes really start to soften.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool, about 20 minutes.
  • Add the bread crumbs, Parmigiano, eggs, pepper, nutmeg and herbs and just bring together, stirring with your hand. (Overmixing here can result in a lead torpedo for stuffing, so do not overdo it.) Place the two turkey pieces on a cutting board skin side down and divide the stuffing between them. Roll each of the breasts like a jelly roll and tie them firmly in several places with butcher's twine. Place the two rolls on a rack in a roasting pan, skin side up.
  • Pour 2 cups of the wine over them, season with salt and pepper, and roast until dark golden brown outside, and a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees at the fattest part of the breast, about 1 hour, plus or minus 10 minutes.
  • Remove and allow to rest 15 minutes before carving. Add the remaining cup of wine to the roasting pan and de-glaze, scraping with a wooden spoon.  Cook for 5 minutes, then add the remaining 1/4 cup of oil. Shake the pan to emulsify the sauce and season with salt and pepper.
  • Carve the roast into 1/2 inch slices and drizzle with the pan sauce. Serve.
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