Turkey Breast & Delicata Squash Stuffed w/ Apple Cornbread Dressing

  • 6 cups cubed cornbread
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups minced onion
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning 
  • 3 cups mild vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 8 ounces Granny Smith apples (1 large), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 vegetarian sausages (4 ounces), finely chopped (such as Field Roast Grain Meat Company's Italian sausages)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 2 1/2 to 3 pound boneless turkey breast half (skin on)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 medium Delicata squash, halved lengthwise, seeds and stringy bits discarded
  • 1 cup warm water or stock

Directions

Prepare the cornbread several hours or up to 3 days before making the dressing. Preheat the oven to 250 F.  Cut the cornbread into 1/2-inch squares and spread them evenly on 2 rimmed baking sheets. Bake until the cubes are golden brown and dry, about 1 hour, stirring once while baking.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the onion and celery, and cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and poultry seasoning and sauté until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add 2 cups of the stock and bring to a simmer, scraping up browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Place the mixture in a large bowl and combine with the cornbread cubes, parsley, and apples.

Return the pan to medium heat, add the butter and when it has melted, add the vegetarian sausages. Sauté until golden brown, about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add to the cornbread mixture and toss gently to combine. Season with the salt and pepper to taste and let stand for 10 minutes. Add additional stock to moisten the dressing if necessary; set aside.

To stuff the turkey breast, place the turkey breast skin-side down on a cutting board with the narrow end towards you. Use a boning knife, insert the tip of the knife in the thickest end (the end farthest from you) and cut the breast in half lengthwise without going all the way through the meat. Turn the knife horizontally and cut the beast meat to the left side in half, do not cut all the way through the meat, so you have a hinge. Open up left side of the breast, as if opening a book. Repeat with the right side of the turkey breast so that you have a rough rectangle of meat. Cover with plastic wrap and pound to an even thickness of 1/2-inch. Season with salt and pepper. Place about 1 1/2 cups of the stuffing in the center of the turkey breast, leaving a 1-inch border at the edges. Fold the end nearest you up and over the stuffing, tucking your fingers under to enclose the stuffing. Roll up into a cylinder, tucking in ends if necessary and wrapping the skin around the outside of the roast. Roast tie at 2-inch intervals.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a large cast iron skillet or oven safe sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey breast skin side down and cook until browned, 4 minutes. Turn and brown lightly on all sides. Transfer pan to the oven.

Serves 6 omnivores and 2 vegetarians as a main course

Taken from thekitchn.com