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Olive Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

Olives and bacon add tremendous flavor stuffed in a bacon wrapped turkey breast that’s the perfect main course for a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

bacon wrapped turkey breast

I have a confession to make. I’m not a fan of olives. Confused? I’ve always found them too salty. The Husband on the other hand, LOVES THEM. He can pop them in his mouth like a snack. Um, no.

Oddly enough, it was The Husband who actually introduced me to this recipe. He came home from a Christmas cookout at work raving about a bacon-wrapped venison tenderloin stuffed with olives.

All you hunters or hunters’ wives – take note.

Olive stuffed venison didn’t sound good to me at all. But he kept going on and on about it, so I finally agreed to let him prepare it for me. Who can argue with dinner prepared by somebody else?

And you know what? The Husband was right (don’t tell him I said that, okay?). The olives combined with the bacon added great flavor to the meat. It got me thinking, what would this same technique taste like with a neutral meat like pork or turkey?

How to Make Olive Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

I’ve tried this recipe with both venison and turkey with excellent results. But for the sake of the holidays, I decided to stick with turkey.

Step one. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Step two. You want to start with a three pound turkey breast that has been butterflied. This just means you are cutting the breast partially in half, but not all the way through, so that it forms a large, flat piece. Sometimes you can buy these already butterflied.

Lay the butterflied turkey breast down flat on the counter or a large cutting board. Cover the turkey breast with plastic wrap or waxed paper. Take a meat mallet an flatten the turkey breast until it is about 1/2-inch thick. Season both sides of the meat with salt and pepper

Step three. Take one package of bacon and dice it into medium sized pieces. Measure out about 1 cup of  olives and chop those as well. Combine the chopped olives and bacon.

Step four. Spread the bacon-olive mixture lengthwise down the center of the flattened turkey breast. Spread the mixture to within 1-inch of the edge. Carefully roll the turkey breast up lengthwise. Secure with toothpicks to hold it together.

Lay the turkey breast seam side down on a roasting pan. If you don’t have a roasting pan, you can use a 9 x 13 x 2 casserole dish.

Step five. Cut several shallow slits around the outside to the turkey breast, but make sure you do not cut all the way through. Slice several more olives in half and gently poke the olives into the slits on the outside of the turkey breast. Afterwards, completely wrap the turkey breast in the second package of bacon.

Step six. Roast the turkey breast for 1 – 1 ½ hours, or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Allow the turkey breast to rest for fifteen minutes before slicing.

This bacon wrapped turkey breast is perfect for a small gathering if the prospect of serving an entire turkey just seems like overkill. With the salty olives and bacon, you really don’t need to add very much additional seasoning. And you know that age old dilemma of a dry bird? Not a problem with this recipe.

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Olive Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

Olives and bacon add tremendous flavor stuffed in a bacon wrapped turkey breast that's the perfect main course for a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 650kcal
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

  • 1 3 pound Turkey Breast, boned and butterflied
  • 2 (12 oz.) packages bacon
  • 1 (10 oz.) jar pimento stuffed green olives
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Lay the turkey breast flat on the counter. Using a meat mallet, pound it to about ½-inch thickness. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Coarsely chop one package of the bacon. Measure out about 1 cup of the olives and coarsely chop those as well. Combine the chopped olives and bacon.
  • Spread the bacon-olive mixture lengthwise down the center of the flattened turkey breast. Spread the mixture to within 1-inch of the edge. Carefully roll the turkey breast up lengthwise. Secure with toothpicks if needed. Lay the turkey breast seam side down on a roasting pan.
  • Cut several shallow slits around the outside to the turkey breast (do not cut all the way through). Slice several more olives in half and gently poke the olives into the slits on the outside of the turkey breast. Completely wrap the turkey breast in the second package of bacon.
  • Roast the turkey breast for 1 – 1 ½ hours, or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Allow the turkey breast to rest for fifteen minutes before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 650kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 79g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 2267mg | Iron: 0.5mg

10 Comments

  1. Darrn does this look good! I would eat and eat this…Wish I had it in front of me right now! Pinning!

  2. I love seeing all the Thanksgiving recipes. This looks so yummy! Love the bacon… then again, who doesn’t!

  3. cheapskatecook1

    Love this idea! Sending it to a friend who would love it too.

  4. Stuffed turkey sounds goods. Looks like an easy recipe too.

  5. This seems like a great way to prepare any meat that has a tendency to be dry if not carefully watched! And I wholeheartedly agree with your statement about “dinner that somebody else cooks”! That’s always a wonderful meal!

  6. 5 stars
    This looks incredible! Love olives and bacon any time any place

  7. 5 stars
    Looks so delicious and perfect for Thanksgiving! Such a delicious way to have turkey!

  8. 5 stars
    This looks amazing. I love olives and never would have thought to stuff them into turkey. And bacon, YES!

  9. 5 stars
    This is a perfect holiday recipe, particularly for those who don’t want to make a full bird and want to up their game.

  10. 5 stars
    Mmm, this sounds so good! I can’t WAIT to try this! That looks so warm and comforting! Thank you for this great recipe! So YUMMY!

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