Recipe By Chef John
Published Dec 21st
Prep 30m Cook 1h 30m Additional 15m Ready In 2h 15m
Servings 8 servings Calories 400.1

A melty ham and cheese filling with savory pesto, tangy mustard, and sweet cranberries adds interest and taste to this holiday roast turkey Cordon Bleu. It’s moist, tender, and so flavorful that no gravy is needed, but it you’re a gravy fan, by all means, use the pan drippings to make one.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (4 pound) boneless, skin-on turkey breast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • ⅓ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto sauce
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries, or to taste
  • 4 ounces ham, thinly sliced
  • 5 thin slices provolone cheese

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking dish with vegetable oil.
  2. 2 Place turkey breast, skin-side down, on a work surface. Open it up and trim off any connective tissue. Cut at an angle along the natural seam of the turkey and butterfly it open so it's all about the same thickness; don't cut all the way through.
  3. 3 Season turkey breast with 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and cayenne. Spread Dijon over the surface and then spread pesto over that. Scatter dried cranberries over top, then layer with ham and provolone cheese.
  4. 4 Roll turkey breast from one side to the other to enclose the filling, and flip so the skin is facing up. Tie around the center with a kitchen string to secure. Repeat ties at 1-inch intervals along the length of the roast all the way to each end. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Season the top and sides with remaining salt and pepper.
  5. 5 Roast in the center of the preheated oven until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F (65 degrees C), 1 ½ to 2 hours.
  6. 6 Remove from the oven and let rest for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Cut off strings and slice.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 400.1
  • Carbohydrate 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol 176.1 mg
  • Fat 14.1 g
  • Fiber 0.4 g
  • Protein 60.3 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.1 g
  • Sodium 995.8 mg

Chef's Notes

You can refrigerate the roast after trussing it if you're not making it right away; Any caramelized cheese that drips out of the roast can be enjoyed on a piece of bread, and pan drippings can be made into a gravy; This technique will work beautifully no matter what you put inside.
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