May 11, 2010

Spinach Turkey Roll

I tried my hand at a new recipe that is definitely healthy!  I was a bit dubious about trying it because of aforesaid quality, but surprisingly, everybody liked it--even had seconds!  That included an 11-year old boy, a 1-1/2 year old girl, and my dear husband!  Woot, woot!

It really doesn't much time at all to assemble.  I started it about 4:15 p.m., and it was on the table for dinner by 5:30, which included 50 minutes of cooking.  Not bad in my opinion.

The only tricky part was the rolling.  My turkey mixture wanted to crack as I was rolling it, so I had to keep a hand on it to keep it together.  Once I transferred it to the pan I cooked it in, I just shaped it together and re-pieced any cracks that had formed.

Spinach Turkey Roll

• 1-3/4 cup meatless spaghetti sauce, divided
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• 1 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs
• 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
• 1 tsp minced garlic
• 1 teaspoon dried basil
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1 teaspoon ground mustard
• 1 pound lean ground turkey
• 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
• 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

• In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce, eggs, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, basil, oregano and mustard. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well.
• On a double sheet of waxed paper, pat turkey mixture into a 12-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Sprinkle with spinach and cheese. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side and peeling waxed paper away while rolling. My wax paper kept ripping, hence the double sheet recommendation.  Pinch seam and ends closed. Place seam side down in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.  I would further recommend putting some aluminum foil down first, then spraying with cooking spray, because some of the cheese will leak out, leaving a dark circle on the pan around the roll.
• Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165°. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Heat remaining spaghetti sauce; serve over turkey. Yield: 6 servings.

This post is linked to Mouth-Watering Monday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tuesday Tastes, Tuesdays at the Table, and Tasty Tuesday.

6 lovely comments:

cindy said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very tasty! Not too sure about the spinach though :< Will have to figure out something to replace with...Thanks!

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks really yummy! Thanks for sharing it. Can I highlight it on Friday Favorites this week?

content2be said... Best Blogger Tips

Re: SnoWhite, I would be delighted if you highlighted it! Thanks for stopping by!

Debbi Smith said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks great, I have a spinach meatloaf that this reminds me of. Yours is prettier though! Thanks!

Jasey said... Best Blogger Tips

Doesn't this look sooo good! I can just smell it now! I am so glad you linked to Tuesday Tastes! I just put the People's Choice Award poll up on my sidebar, when you have a chance, come vote!

Happy Day,
Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

Debbie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing, that looks delicious! I'll have to bookmark this to try, I'm always looking for recipes that combine meat and veggies.