Turkey and Bacon Rolls

Wandering around the web the other day, I encountered this recipe for gorgeous looking rocamboles de volaille, basically a poultry roll, on a French-language website about Portuguese food. In Brazil apparently rolled foods are called “rocamboles”; if there are Brazilians in our midst, please correct me if this isn’t so. This particular roll starts with a thin turkey breast cutlet, to which layers of Provolone cheese and ham are added. The cutlet is rolled up tight, wrapped in bacon, and baked until done. It reminds us a lot of our favorite chicken bacon roulades recipe, but easier to make, and with turkey cutlets.


  • 4 turkey breast cutlets, turkey breasts cut open and pounded to an even 1/4-inch thickness (about 1 pound)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil or a tablespoon of finely chopped fresh basil
  • 8 thin slices ham
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • 8 thin slices bacon


1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Place each cutlet on a piece of aluminum foil (about 5x6 inches). Sprinkle each cutlet with salt, pepper, garlic, and basil.

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2 Layer a slice of cheese and a couple slices of ham on to each cutlet. Starting with the narrowest end, roll up the cutlet tightly. Gently wrap 2 slices of bacon around each cutlet. Fold up the aluminum foil around the turkey roll and wrap it tightly.

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3 Place in a baking dish and put in the 375°F for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and gently open up the aluminum foil wrappings to expose the bacon. Increase the oven temp to 400°F. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until the bacon is lightly browned.

Serve immediately. Serve alone or with rice, or pan-fried vegetables.

Recipe translated and adapted from Tasca da Elvira.


Main Ingredients