If you can’t find fennel seeds or panko breadcrumbs, you can omit. And if you can’t tolerate spicy, feel free to omit the red pepper flakes.
Prep time: 6 hours (chilling time) + 1 hour
Prepare the herb filling:
- Chop the sage, thyme, and rosemary.
- Mince the garlic.
- Crush the fennel seeds and red pepper flakes using a mortar and pestle.
- Place the herbs, garlic, crushed fennel seeds and red pepper flakes into a bowl.
- Add in the panko breadcrumbs and lemon zest, give it a stir and set aside.
Prepare the turkey breast:
- Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on a sturdy surface.
- Place the turkey breast skin-side down and add another large piece of plastic wrap over top.
- Use a meat tenderizer to pound the meat evenly until it’s about 1/2″ in thickness throughout. Remove the plastic wrap.
- Season the surface of the turkey with about 1 tsp of sea salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Massage the salt and pepper into the meat.
- Sprinkle the herb filling over top of the meat.
- Tightly roll up the turkey and use butcher’s twine to tie and secure the meat in 1″ increments.
- Season the exterior with the remaining 1/2 tsp of sea salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper.
- Wrap the turkey up in aluminum foil or parchment paper and transfer it onto a baking/roasting tray. Place it in the fridge for at least 6 hours or up to 2 days.
Sear and roast the turkey porchetta:
- Remove the turkey from the fridge at least 20-30 minutes prior to roasting.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Unwrap the turkey.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet and add about 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil to the pan.
- Sear the turkey roast on each side, about 3 minutes per side, until golden brown.
- Place the seared turkey back onto the roasting tray and roast the turkey porchetta for 35-50 minutes at 400°F, or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers at least 165°F.
- Remove the turkey porchetta and loosely tent with foil. Let it rest for 20 minutes before slicing.
- Serve with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and stuffing for the ultimate Thanksgiving meal.