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Bacon wrapped Mediterranean turkey roll (roulade)

This bacon wrapped turkey roll (roulade) is extra juicy due to brining and is accompanied by a simple Mediterranean oregano sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword chicken, gluten-free, roulade
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author The Hungry Bites


  • For the brine
  • 1 large container or zip lock bag, size of 1 gallon (3-4 liters)
  • quarts water (1 ½ liters)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar (40 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon salt (40 grams)
  • For the roll
  • One half turkey breast without the skin, boned and butterflied (2-3 pounds / 900-1200 grams)
  • 12-14 long strips of bacon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste (If you have brined the meat DON’T use any salt)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Kitchen twine
  • Baking paper
  • For the dressing
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated pepper
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sugar


  1. From the previous night: Heat half a gallon water with sugar and salt until dissolved. Add rest of the water and when cooled place in a container with meat and refrigerate overnight or for 8-12 hours.

    Take the meat out of the marinade, drain and pat dry.

  2. Preheat oven at 350 degrees F (175 Celsius)
  3. Place the turkey breast between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound lightly with a meat mallet to an even thickness of about 3/4-inch.
  4. Cut a piece of baking paper about 2 feet long (60 centimeters) and position bacon strips on one end with a little overlapping.

    Place breast on top of bacon, sprinkle with oregano, pepper and olive oil. If you haven’t brined the meat add salt, about one teaspoon fine sea salt.

    With the help of the baking paper roll like a candy and tie with twine.

  5. Bake in the middle of the oven for 50 to 75 minutes. (for every pound / 500 grams estimate 25 minutes of baking time).

    Minutes before end, cut open the baking paper and broil on the top rack of the oven turning half way for even caramelization of the bacon.

    At the end of the cooking time an instant-read thermometer inserted in the middle should read 150 degrees F / 65 degrees Celsius.

    Let rest for 10 minutes.

  6. In a shaker, shake together all the ingredients for the dressing.

    Cut the roll into slices and serve with the dressing, some vegetables and rice or a potato salad.