Chef Kirsten Helle | An easy (and oven-free) holiday feast: Braised stuffed turkey breast & homemade stove-top stuffing.
A simple but amazing braised turkey recipe perfect for a smaller crowd. Leave the oven free! Healthy stove-top stuffing recipe too.
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An easy (and oven-free) holiday feast: Braised stuffed turkey breast & homemade stove-top stuffing.

Whether you’re hosting a smaller holiday gathering, looking for an oven-free feast, need a healthier (or gluten free) batch of go-to recipes, forget to thaw the turkey, or just hate working with meat on the bone, these recipes have you covered!

 

Braising a stuffed turkey breast is a fast way to get the holiday feast on the table. The stuffing and braising ensure a moist, tender, juicy meal (not to mention lean and healthy) and the braising liquid turns into an effortless gravy. It is very simple, I assure you, yet will make you look like a kitchen rock star. Onion, celery, fennel and apple bring a bright and exciting element to the boring old bird.

 

 

The stove top stuffing/dressing is another simple show-stopper that gives you all of the flavors and aroma that we look forward to with none of the fuss. Whether you make it with bread, cornbread, gluten-free bread or even rice, this is likely to become a go-to side all year round.

Healthified stove top stuffing

 

If you want to round this out into a complete feast done in about an hour get some cubed sweet potatoes on to boil (mash with sauteed garlic or add a bit of butter, maple syrup and toasted pecans)  and some brussels sprouts tossed with chopped bacon into the oven. Serve with your favorite cranberry sauce or some pomegranate seeds for a bright, slightly sweet, slightly bitter balance to the rich and savory flavors.

 

Stove top rice stuffing

Cheers to your healthy holiday table!

 

HEALTHIFIED STOVE-TOP STUFFING – Gluten Free & Brown Rice Options

Makes 4-6 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp healthy oil/fat of your choice (for this I recommend 1 tsp olive oil + 1 tsp butter)
  • (Optional but delicious – 1/2 lb crumbled chicken or turkey sausage)
  • 1 onion, chopped (if making this to go with the braised turkey set aside a few slices)
  • 1 apple (or pear), chopped (if making this to go with the braised turkey set aside a few slices)
  • 1 bulb fennel, chopped (if making this to go with the braised turkey set aside the fronds or a few slices)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp onion granules/powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules/powder
  • 2 big pinches Kosher/sea salt, about 3/4 tsp or to your taste
  • 3 Tb white wine
  • 3 cups cubed day-old bread, whole grain if you wish, toasted  (Gluten Free option: use cubed day-old gluten free bread) (Bread Free option: use 1 cup brown rice)
  • 1 cup chicken broth, homemade or high-quality low-sodium store bought. (If making with brown rice you will need 2 cups)
  • 2 Tb dried cranberries
  • 2 Tb toasted chopped pecans
  • Optional: Fresh chopped parsley for garnish 

PREPARATION

STEP 1:

Heat a saute pan or sauce pan over medium heat, when hot add oil/butter, swirl to coat. Add the onion, apple, fennel, garlic and seasonings. Stir occasionally, cook for about 3 minutes.

STEP 2:

Stir in the white wine, cook for about 5 minutes.

STEP 3:

Add the bread cubes or rice, stir to coat. Add the chicken broth and cranberries, stir to coat. Turn the heat down to low and cover.

STEP 4:

If using bread cubes cook for 10 minutes, if using brown rice cook for 45 minutes. Fluff with a fork, garnish with fresh toasted chopped pecans and fresh herbs if you wish and enjoy!

 

BRAISED STUFFED TURKEY BREAST

Makes 4-6 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp healthy oil/fat of your choice (for this I recommend 1 tsp olive oil + 1 tsp butter)
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless turkey breast (get as big of a breast or as many as you need to feed your crowd!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules/powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion granules/powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • About 1 cup prepared stuffing 
  • A few apple slices (reserved from making the stuffing)
  • A few slices of onion (reserved from making the stuffing)
  • A few fennel fronds (reserved from making the stuffing)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth, homemade or high-quality low-sodium store bought.
  • Kitchen string

PREPARATION

STEP 1:

Butterfly (cut in half almost all the way through and lay open like a book) the turkey breast, season to taste on both sides with the seasonings. Spread the stuffing over the breast and roll up, securing with kitchen string.

STEP 2:

Heat a saute pan or sauce pan over medium heat, when hot add oil/butter, swirl to coat. Add the turkey breast and brown on both sides. Add the reserved apple, onion and fennel fronds after you turn the breast onto the second side to allow them to saute a bit.

STEP 3:

Add the wine, cook 1 minute, stirring up any bits from the bottom of the pan.

STEP 4:

Add the chicken broth (enough to come up about 1/4 of the turkey breast), lower the heat to low and cover. Simmer until the turkey reaches 160 degrees in the center.

STEP 5:

Remove the turkey to a cutting board, rest for 5-10 minutes before removing the string and carving.

STEP 6:

While the turkey is resting bring the heat up to medium-high on the broth in the pan. Simmer until the broth reduces down to a rich, slightly thickened jus. Taste and adjust for seasoning AFTER reducing as the saltiness of the cooking broth will intensify after thickening.

STEP 7:

Slice the turkey and serve with the jus. Enjoy!

 

Enjoy this recipe? Discover Chef Kirsten’s Meal Plans.

 

 

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