Spiced Nut-Stuffed Turkey Roast
35 MIN
2 H
30 MIN

Spiced Nut-Stuffed Turkey Roast


    Spiced Butter

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground five-spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) ground nutmeg

    Nut Stuffing

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) brandy
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, diced 

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) mixed nuts, roasted and crushed
  • 2 cups (500 ml) diced stale bread
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) applesauce
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten 

  • Salt and pepper


  • 1 turkey breast roast, about 4 lbs (1.8 kg) with or without the skin and without the tenders, untied (two breast halves)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups (675 ml) chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) flour


Spiced Butter

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Set aside.

Nut Stuffing

  1. In a bowl, combine the raisins, cranberries, broth, and brandy. Set aside.
  2. In a skillet, soften the onion, celery, and garlic in the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the fruit mixture and cook for 1 minute. Add the nuts, bread, and applesauce and stir to combine. Let cool and refrigerate until cooled to room temperature. Beat in the eggs. Adjust the seasoning. Set aside.


  1. With the rack in the lowest position, preheat the oven to 190 °C (375 °F).
  2. Open the turkey roast flat, skin side down. Lay strings under the skin, letting it hang over each side. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the stuffing in the centre of breasts. Close and tie the roast.
  3. In a large skillet or saucepan, brown the turkey roast on all sides in 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of spiced butter and the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the broth and bake for 30 minutes, uncovered. Reduce the oven’s temperature to 160 °C (325 °F) and bake for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in the centre of the stuffing reads 70 °C (158 °F). While cooking, cover the roast with aluminum foil, if necessary (to keep it from overbrowning).
  4. Remove the turkey roast from the oven and place in a serving dish, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, add and combine the flour to the remaining spiced butter (kneaded butter). Bring the remaining cooking juices, approximately 375 ml (1 ½ cups), to a boil. If necessary, add chicken broth. Whisk in the kneaded butter. Simmer gently for about 2 minutes. Adjust the seasoning.
  6. Slice the roast, removing the string as you go. Place the slices on a serving dish. Serve with the gravy, Mashed Potatoes with Apples and Cheddar, and Cider-Glazed Carrots.


The spiced butter and nut stuffing be prepared in advance.