Turkey Roulade Greek-Style

Honey-Orange Glazed Turkey Roulade with Mavrodafni-Chestnut Gravy

An Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Dish, with Greek flair!
15 min
1 h 35 min


  • 1 large turkey breast boneless and skinless, about 2 ½ kilos/5 lbs., butterflied
  • 1/2 cup Mavrodafni wine
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped mixed dried fruits figs, raisins, apricots, prunes etc
  • 1/3 cup Greek extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced roasted red Florina pepper
  • 1 cup small toasted bread cubes or croutons
  • 1 cup crumbled feta or Kalathaki cheese
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Greek mountain tea faskomilo
  • 1 tablespoon butter for rubbing
  • 2 cups Mavrodafni for basting
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For roasting pan

  • 1 orange cut into rings
  • 1 onion coarsely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks coarsely chopped

For glaze

  • 2/3 cup Greek honey
  • 3 tablespoons Greek or other mustard
  • Juice of 1/2 orange

For gravy

  • 1 cup Mavrodafni
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 4-5 thyme sprigs
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 15 chestnuts boiled or roasted and peeled
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Orange slices and pomegranate seeds for garnish.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F/180°C.
  2. Rinse turkey and spread out on a cutting board. Pat dry and season inside and out with salt and pepper. Brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  3. In medium bowl, pour wine over dried fruits and let stand 15 minutes.
  4. In heavy skillet, over medium heat, saute celery, onion and red pepper in 1 tablespoon olive oil for about 5 minutes, to soften.
  5. Place bread cubes in large bowl and pour onion mixture over top. Add wine and fruits. Add stock, herbs and season with salt and pepper. Stir in crumbled feta or Kalathaki cheese. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Spread the filling over the surface of the opened turkey breast and roll up. Using kitchen twine, or large metal skewers, secure the rolled turkey breast closed.
  7. Rub outside of turkey with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil. Pour remaining olive oil in a roasting pan and sprinkle the onions, oranges, and celery in a line across the middle of the pan. Place the roulade on top. Pour in 1 cup Mavrodafni. Roast for about 30 minutes, until the turkey starts to color lightly. Pour in remaining wine, cover the pan with aluminum foil and roast for another 45 minutes, basting every 15 minutes or so and replenishing pan juices with additional wine, if necessary.
  8. Make the glaze: Whisk together the honey, mustard and orange juice and brush this generously all over the surface of the roulade. Bake for another 15 minutes, until deep golden brown. Remove turkey from oven and from pan, and set aside covered with aluminum foil.
  9. Make the gravy: Place pan with all its juices and burnt bits on the stove top and heat over medium flame, scraping up all the bits with a wooden spoon. Add the two wines, bay leaves, thyme, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the juices are reduced by half. Pour through a strainer into a measuring cup, let the fat rise to the top and skim it off with a spoon. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and stir in the flour. Brown it very lightly over medium-low flame. Pour in the reduced pan-juices and cook the gravy until thick, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chestnuts.
  10. Cut roulade into thick rounds, garnish with orange slices and pomegranate seeds. Pour the gravy over the meat and serve, with mashed or roasted potatoes, if desired.

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