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Cheddar-stuffed turkey

Our dietitians' favourite

This is the Cheddar-stuffed turkey recipe.

  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cooking: 1 h 35
Yields 6 Servings
cheddar stuffed turkey


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 3/4 lb (800 g) boneless turkey breast
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) ground turkey
  • 4 oz (120 g) Canadian Old Cheddar cut into cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) fresh or frozen cranberries divided
  • 1 oz (30 mL) vodka
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) cranberry juice
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) honey or maple syrup
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In a saucepan on medium heat, melt butter and cook onion and garlic for 5 min. Remove from heat and place half the mixture in a large bowl for stuffing; let cool.

Meanwhile, cut turkey breast horizontally, without cutting all the way through, and open like a book. Cover with plastic wrap. Pound with a meat mallet or rolling pin to flatten. Remove plastic wrap and season with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Add ground turkey, cheese and ½ cup (125 mL) cranberries to the bowl of onion and garlic. Season generously with salt and pepper, and stir well.

Place stuffing on bottom half of the breast. Roll up from bottom to the top to seal in the stuffing and secure with string. Transfer to a baking dish and cook for 1 h 15 min.

Return the saucepan with remaining onion and garlic to the stove over medium-high heat and deglaze with vodka.

Add remaining cranberries, juice, orange zest, red pepper flakes and honey. Cover and simmer on medium heat for 10 min, or until cranberries are tender. Purée using an upright blender. Season with salt and pepper to taste; keep warm.

Slice stuffed turkey breast and serve with the sauce.


Cooking tip

It’s best not to thaw frozen cranberries before using them in a recipe.

Cheese alternatives: Canadian Provolone, Cheddar, Mozzarella.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 390 Calories
Protein: 45 g
Carbohydrate: 18 g
Fat: 14 g
Fibre: 1.4 g
Sodium: 335 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 17 % / 187 mg
Niacin: 70 %
Selenium: 91 %
Vitamin B12: 74 %
Vitamin B6: 79 %