Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams
Yield
8 servings (serving size: about 2 turkey slices and 1/4 cup sauce)

Prepare the filling, stuff the tenderloins, roll, and tie them a day ahead. Let them stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before cooking. You won't need any cranberry sauce, as the sweet and savory apple-cranberry stuffing does double duty. If you can't find turkey tenderloins, use skinless, boneless turkey breast halves.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°.

Step 2

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat 7 minutes or until bacon begins to brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in onion, chopped rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook for 8 minutes or until onion begins to brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 cup broth, apples, and cranberries. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until liquid evaporates and apples are almost tender (about 15 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and cool slightly. Set aside 1 cup apple mixture.

Step 3

Slice turkey tenderloins lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, the other side. Open halves, laying tenderloins flat. Place each tenderloin between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Discard plastic wrap.

Step 4

Sprinkle remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper evenly over both sides of tenderloins. Spread 1/3 cup apple mixture over each tenderloin; roll up jelly-roll fashion, starting with long sides. Secure at 2-inch intervals with twine.

Step 5

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add tenderloins; cook 6 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add remaining 1/2 cup broth and rosemary sprigs; bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°. Remove tenderloins from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Slice crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

Step 6

Strain cooking liquid through a fine mesh sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Combine flour and 1/4 cup cooking liquid, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Return flour mixture and the remaining cooking liquid to pan. Stir in reserved 1 cup apple mixture; bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute or until thickened, stirring constantly. Serve with turkey.

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Ratings & Reviews

We loved it!

KM0rris
December 26, 2016
I made this for Christmas dinner.  I had hoped to prep them like the recipe suggested but I didn't get time so I made the entire thing Christmas day.  It is a little time consuming but everyone loved it!!  I highly recommend it!  Everything went just as planned and it was a nice way to have a special turkey dish without doing a whole turkey.  We thought it was delicious!

Unless173's Review

lrenfroe
November 12, 2011
Tender turkey and good flavors. A great thanksgiving option!

JessicaLuu's Review

crusnock
September 20, 2011
This dish was really gross. I used a packaged turkey tenderloin that I guess had been packed with brine or something, because the texture of the meat was slimy and disgusting. That's not the recipe's fault, but the rest of it didn't make me think that it would be any better if I used a fresh loin. Just nothing special overall

crusnock's Review

JessicaLuu
November 28, 2010
This was ok. I think the dish is better with a gravy that doesn't incorporate the same filling as on the inside. It made the dish too sweet, and didn't add enough variety of flavors.

KM0rris's Review

Unless173
November 15, 2010
Definitely plan time to cook this dish, but worth it. Also, I substituted the flour with corn starch to create a gluten-free recipe. Worked very well, but be sure to mix the tablespoon of corn starch with cold water PRIOR to adding in the cooking liquid.