Christmas Cracker: Smoked Almond & Prune Turkey Breast

James Graham


Dec 20, 2020

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy main meal option this Christmas, you’ve come to the right place.

Turkey breast is a leaner meat which contains less fat than other meats and cuts, and the addition of almonds and olive oil adds healthy fats.

The herbs also provide a depth of flavour and reduce the need to add salt to the dish.

Serves: 8

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking: 40 minutes


2 tbsp olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

½ cup chopped smoked almonds

¼ cup chopped prunes

¼ cup oregano leaves

¼ cup fresh breadcrumbs

1 egg, beaten

1 turkey breast, butterflied, skin on


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C

2. Warm half the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook whilst stirring for 2 minutes or until translucent. Transfer to a small bowl with almonds, prunes, oregano, breadcrumbs and egg. Season with salt and pepper. Mix to combine. Wipe pan clean.

3. Lay turkey breast opened out, skin side down between two sheets of baking paper. Use a meat mallet to flatten turkey to a rough rectangular shape of even thickness all over – about 2-3cm thick. Remove and discard the top sheet of baking paper. Spread almond mixture over one of the long edges and roll turkey tightly from that side to enclose filling in a log shape. Use kitchen string to truss and tie the turkey securely.

4. Warm the remaining oil in the same large frying pan as above over high heat. Add the turkey and cook for 5 minutes, turning to brown all sides evenly. Transfer turkey to a roasting dish and roast for 30 minutes or until cooked through. Rest turkey and slice to serve.

  • This recipe is taken from the Cancer Council’s Festive Cookbook 


By James Graham


With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum. James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens. He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea. Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media. When not writing, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.


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