Stuffed Turkey Tenderloins with Cherries and Pancetta

Stuffed Turkey Tenderloins with Cherries and Pancetta
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 turkey breast tenderloins (about 2 pounds total)

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ¾ cup couscous

  • cup dried cherries, coarsely snipped

  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped shallot (1 medium)

  • 2 tablespoon pistachio nuts, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage

  • 6 slices pancetta

  • 12 fresh sage leaves


  1. Butterfly turkey by cutting each tenderloin in half horizontally, cutting almost to the opposite side. Spread open. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.

  2. For stuffing, in a small saucepan bring broth to boiling. Stir in couscous, dried cherries, and shallot. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Stir in pistachios and snipped sage. Spread in a shallow baking pan to cool quickly.

  3. Spread filling over turkey; fold turkey over filling to enclose. Top with pancetta and sage leaves. Tie at 2-inch intervals with 100% cotton kitchen string, tucking leaves under string as necessary.

  4. Wrap each tenderloin in plastic wrap. Place in a freezer bag or container; seal and freeze for up to 1 month.

  5. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 375°F. Unwrap tenderloins and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until turkey is done (165°F). Remove from oven. Cover loosely with foil and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove string; slice turkey.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

362 Calories
9g Fat
27g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 362
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 619mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 3.2mg 16%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2.4mg 13%
Potassium 151mg 3%
Folate, total 10.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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