Spinach Ricotta Turkey Roulade with Pomegranate

by Marla on December 24, 2009 · 9 comments

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Spinach, Ricotta, Pomegranate Turkey Roulade Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

The heat is on, the final trips to the market are here for holiday cooking.  Christmas is here and New Years is on its way.  May I recommend something fabulous?  This Thanksgiving I was not in the mood to cook a full bird.  We prefer the white breast meat, so I went with that.  Just that.  A nice 3 pound organic Turkey breast.  It is simple to season and it is delicious!

Were talking moist, tender and full of flavor.  My family devoured it.   This turkey is great for leftovers & the lunch box. It is easy to handle, with minimal cleanup and waste.  The presentation when it is sliced and plated is really nice too.  All around I would say the turkey breast was a winner at our Thanksgiving table.  It could be a winner at your holiday dinner too!

Spinach, Ricotta, Pomegranate Turkey Roulade Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Talking Turkey

A few things I learned along the way and some helpful sites to refer back to.

  • Make sure you have a meat thermometer.
  • Pay attention to cooking times as a general guide, but make sure you test the internal temperature.
  • Your cooked turkey breast should read 165˚F in the center when cooked through.
  • Be mindful while cooking, undercooked is dangerous and wrong.  Overcooked is too dry.  Juices should run clear when turkey is cooked through.
  • Turkey is high in protein and low in fat.  Great for mini-meals throughout the day.

To learn more about roasting times and procedures click the following links:

Fresh Benefits

  • Turkey is a good source of vitamin B and trace minerals.
  • Selenium is a mineral found in turkey, it helps boost our antioxidant defense system.  Selenium aids in healthy thyroid function and is a good immunity booster!

To learn more about turkey health benefits click the following links:

Spinach, Ricotta, Pomegranate Turkey Roulade Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Spinach Ricotta Turkey Roulade with Pomegranate

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Yield: about 12 servings


  • 3 pounds Organic Butterflied Boneless Turkey Breast, trim any visible fat, remove skin and flatten breast to about 3/4 inches.
  • 15 ounces fat free Ricotta
  • 1/2 Cup frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed and squeeze out excess water
  • 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Arils (seeds)
  • 1 Cup Fresh Italian Parsley Finely Chopped
  • Pinch of: Garlic Salt, Black Pepper, Smoked Paprika


  • Preheat oven to 325 F, with rack in the center of oven. Place turkey breast between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet until 3/4 inch thickness is achieved. Season both sides of breast with garlic salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
  • In a bowl combine ricotta, chopped spinach, pomegranate, parsley, sprinkle in some pepper, garlic salt and smoked paprika to taste. Lay pounded breast flat and spread ricotta mixture on top, leave about 1 1/2" to 2" bare on the sides. Roll turkey and ricotta mix up. Tie in a few areas with kitchen string to keep it all together. Place stuffed turkey breast in a shallow baking dish.
  • Bake in oven for pre-determined time. Ours baked for about 1 hour 45 minutes. Start testing when time is getting close to the end. Remove turkey breast from oven and let it rest about 10 minutes on a cutting board. Slice into 1 1/2" slices. Top with some homemade cranberry sauce.
  • Notes
  • If you want to trim off the fat and skin after cooking that is OK too. The fat and skin left on during cooking will add more flavor and keep the turkey moist. I took the skin off prior to cooking and the texture was still awesome. Probably the moistest turkey we have ever had.

Fresh Variations

We had many meals using this turkey after our Thanksgiving feast.  My favorite is the open faced turkey sandwich.  I toasted a slice of Ezekiel bread and layered it with a smear of mashed sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey and a slice of cheese.  I broiled it in the toaster until the cheese was melted and lightly browned.  I sprinkled more of my favorite smoked paprika over the top.

Serve with these Family Fresh Cooking Recipes

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joanne December 24, 2009 at 4:01 pm

That recipe is a keeper. Terrific and what flavors.
Great job. Beautiful photos. Happy holidays!


2 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 24, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Hi Marla! Thanks for the lovely comment you left for me :) I hope you’re having a great time, big breasts in the OC and all, :) wink-wink, on this Xmas Eve!

Hopefully Santa makes a stop at your house and your kids wake up feeling happy and joyous and you’re able to relish in these moments :)

p.s. Ive been dreaming of chomping into my S. Berger chocolate ever since you told me about the win!!!!!!!!!!!!! I havent fogotten, at all :)


3 brittany December 25, 2009 at 9:24 am

Thanks for the comment – yes Europe has been fun! I love this your turkey BREAST post here and will be trying out the recipe! Merry Christmas to you too!


4 patsy December 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Your turkey roulade looks beautiful! I may have to try your recipe for our next family get-together.


5 Faith December 27, 2009 at 7:54 am

I love your pics, Marla! This dish looks fabulous and I don’t think I can wait until next Thanksgiving to make it! 😉


6 Karine January 2, 2010 at 7:56 am

Great way to use turkey breast! Your dish sounds delicious.
Thanks for sharing! :)


7 the urban baker November 12, 2010 at 10:35 am

Marla, that looks delicious! I do love this time of year and mixing it up from the traditional is so festive as well as inspiring. Think I need to jump outside of my comfort zone–thanks to you! xx


8 Krista November 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Made this for my first Thanksgiving hosting… It turned out great! The smoked paprika definitely makes a difference!! Thank you so much!


9 Marla November 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Thanks so much for letting me know Krista! Congrats on hosting a successful Thanksgiving :) Love that smoked paprika!


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