Ballotine of Turkey with Pork and Sage Stuffing, Duck Fat Roast Potatoes, Carrot Purée, Sprouts and Gravy

Serves 4
For the Turkey

  • 4 x 120g slices of turkey breast
  • 200g sausage meat
  • ½ onion- peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp veg oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage- finely chopped
  • 1 slice fresh white breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 whole egg- beaten
  • 1 tbsp chopped curly parsley
  • 25g dried cranberries
  • 16x slices streaky bacon
  • 50g melted butter

For the Roast Potatoes

  • 1kg potato lovers
  • Duck Fat
  • 1 x bulb of garlic, separated and lightly crushed
  • ½ bunch rosemary

For the Carrot Puree

  • 6 large carrots

For the Brussel Sprouts

  • 400g brussel sprouts
  • Maldon sea salt
  • Oil for frying

For the Gravy

  • 250g shallots – sliced
  • 4 tbsp. oil
  • 1 x garlic clove – crushed
  • 500ml red wine
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • ½ Bunch thyme
  • 500g roasted chicken wings
  • 2 tbsp plain flour


For the Turkey. Sweat the onion in the oil, until soft. Add the sage and cook for 1 minute. Mix the onion mix into the breadcrumbs and season, allow to chill. Add the sausage meat, cranberries and curly parsley. Add enough egg to help bind the mix. Chill. Between 2 pieces of grease proof paper bash out each turkey slice individually until about 3mm. Place the stuffing in a piping bag, cut about a 2cm whole in the end and pipe down the centre of the turkey. Tuck the turkey around the stuffing, then wrap the bacon around the the turkey (3 or 4 slices per portion). Tie the turkey with butchers string, to keep the shape, and brush with melted butter. Bake in preheated oven at 220 deg cel, for around 25 mins or until core is above 70 deg cel.

For the Roast Potatoes. Peel the potatoes, cut into large pieces, and wash thoroughly. Place in a large pan, cover with water, add salt, and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer, and then cook until potatoes are just tender.Drain carefully and allow them to cool and dry, on a wire rack.Heat a large tray in the oven at 220°c, with a generous amount of duck fat in the bottom, until smoking. Place the potatoes, garlic, and rosemary into the tray and turn the potatoes to ensure they are coated with the fat. Place back in the oven. Turn every 10 minutes, until golden brown, then drain on kitchen paper. Serve immediately.

For the Carrot Puree. Slice the carrot and steam until cooked through. Blend until smooth and season with salt and pepper.

For the Brussel Sprouts. Deep fry at 190 deg cel until golden brown, drain on kitchen paper, and season with Maldon sea salt.

For the Gravy. Sweat the shallot and garlic in the oil until lightly golden, add the chicken wings and flour, cook for a couple of minutes. Add the wine and reduce by half, then add the stock and thyme, cook for 20mins on a low heat. Strain through a sieve.


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