#WorldOnAPlate: Turkey Roast with Root Vegetables

And once again we are ready for Thanksgiving and for the monthly appointment with World on a Plate. This month we are playing with Turkey. We thought we will give you an idea of how Turkey can be cooked around the world and maybe you will get inspired for your Thanksgiving meal.

Also, this month we have to welcome two new members: Kate from the Diethood and Ramona from Curry and Comfort. Kate will represent Macedonia, while Ramona will tell us about Sri Lanka. I cannot wait to see what they come up with!

I decided to go for an Italian classic: turkey roast. Roasts are a very common Sunday lunch meal in Italy. They are traditionally made with veal but turkey is quickly becoming a popular choice. The meat is rolled up with pancetta and seasoned with rosemary and/or sage and then cooked in the oven with a bit of wine. One of the best part of roasts, is that they are usually served with potatoes cooked in the drippings of the roast. The potatoes soak up all that goodness and become irresistible.

A good roast is tender, juicy and comes with fork tender potatoes. And this turkey roast had all the needed characteristics. Give it a try! It could make for the perfect Thanksgiving Turkey for a small gathering.

And don’t forget to check out what my fellow blogger make with Turkey around the world! You might find an interesting recipe for you thanksgiving menu!

#WorldOnAPlate: Turkey roast with

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4-6 servings

#WorldOnAPlate: Turkey roast with


  • 2 turkey legs deboned and skinned
  • 20 slices of thin cut pancetta (substitute with bacon if you cannot find it)
  • 1 turnip
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1/2 carnival squash
  • sage
  • rosemary
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • white wine


  1. Lay the two legs on a cutting board and pound them out a bit to even out their thickness.
  2. Mix the finely chopped sage and rosemary with the salt, pepper and enough olive oil to get a paste.
  3. Smother the inside of the legs with the herb paste and cover with the slices of pancetta.
  4. Layer one turkey leg on top of the other and roll up. Tie the roll up tightly using kitchen twine and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Use a pan that can go from the stove to the oven and add oil, a couple of whole garlic cloves, some sage leaves and a rosemary sprig.
  6. Sear the roast in the pan and once is well browned add 1 glass of white wine.
  7. Place the roast in a 375F oven and let cook. Turn the roast once or twice during cooking and if necessary add a bit of water.
  8. When the roast is a little shy of being ready add the diced vegetables and let cook for about 20 minutes. The cooking time for the roast will be around 1 hour, but it can vary a lot depending on the size of the roast, so check the liquid after about 45 minutes or use a thermometer.
  9. Let rest for 15 minutes and then slice, paying attention to eliminate all the twine.


World on a Plate is a blogging cultural exchange. On the last Sunday of the month, bloggers from all over the world get together to interpret a food through the lens of their home country cooking. Each blogger will produce a wonderful dish featuring the food chosen that is typical of her/his home country and will tell us a bit about the dish.

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14 Responses to #WorldOnAPlate: Turkey Roast with Root Vegetables

  1. Mila says:

    Bellissimo piatto, complimenti!
    Auguri per uno splendido 2013!

  2. Your turkey roast looks so perfect! I love root vegetables too, especially when it’s slowly roasted…. yum, such a wonderful meal!

  3. Elena says:

    Pola che arrosto meraviglioso…. E’ il nostro piatto tipico della domenica….
    Scusa se non sono più venuta a trovarti ma ogni tanto la mia blog roll non si aggiorna 🙁
    Un bacione!

  4. Looks very tender and succulent!

  5. Thank you so much for inviting me! I had fun trying to come up with something 🙂 My family loved it, and that is all that matters, right?!
    That roast sounds perfect!

  6. Wow, talk about coincidences! Check out my latest post…

    Your roast looks really good. And being a ‘dark meat’ guy, to be perfectly honest, this one looks even better than mine!

  7. The turkey looks SO tender and delicious! we didn’t grow up eating roasts but I really love them-simple but full of flavour 🙂

  8. Hyosun Ro says:

    Well I have to cook for 12 people for Thanksgiving, so a large whole turkey is in order. But, all that juicy flavorful turkey legs with tender root vegetables sounds great for Sunday supper.

  9. Chiara says:

    sei sempre più brava Pola, me ne rendo conto ogni volta che passo a trovarti, complimenti davvero! Buona settimana, un abbraccio !

  10. PolaM says:

    Thanks! It is incredible what a bit of drippings can do to transform potatoes!

  11. Love those root veggies 🙂

  12. Kimby says:

    Pola, this may well be on our Thanksgiving table — it sounds fabulous! Happy Thanksgiving!

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