Organic Tuscany Cookbook

Herby turkey breast cooked in milk

Tacchino al Latte

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This is our family dish which has been passed down through the generations and adapted a little. A butterflied turkey breast is stuffed with herbs and grapes, rolled up and tied and cooked in milk. The result is a complex-flavoured unusually juicy turkey dish.

Prep time: 30 mins | Total time: 1 hour 30 mins | Servings: 6


  • 1 medium turkey breast (calculate around 120g – 1/4 lb per person)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 large sprigs rosemary
  • 25 sage leaves
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 litre (1 pint vegetable stock – see separate recipe)
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 10-15 large grapes, peeled and deseeded (use small pieces of apple if grapes are not in season)
  • olive oil
  • a little flour for dredging
  • salt, pepper


  • Chop the sage and 2 of the garlic cloves very finely. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Open out the turkey breast and pound (not too violently), so that you have a flat surface.
  • Spread the inside with the sage and garlic, add the grapes/apple and roll closed.
  • Tie the roll closed with kitchen string, sealing well.
  • Roll the turkey very lightly in flour and place in the pan with a good cup of olive oil (cold).
  • Bring up to heat carefully and brown on all sides for 10 -15 minutes. Use a splash guard so that you don’t get spattered by oil!
  • If you burn the oil (try not to by keeping the heat moderate) discard the burnt oil carefully and return the turkey to the pan and bring up to heat again.
  • Add a cup of white wine.
  • When the wine has evaporated, add the warm stock and cook on a medium flame for 20-25 minutes, until evaporated off.
  • Add the milk, salt and pepper and cook on a low flame for a further 25-30 minutes, until a thick sauce has formed. Be careful not to burn the milk.
  • Add the rosemary and 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped) and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Allow to cool a little, cut into slices and serve with the sauce on the slices.

Herby turkey breast cooked in milk, 4.1 out of 5 based on 15 ratings

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