Ingredients for Turkey with Figs, Leek and Pancetta

    serves 6

 - 1.2-1.5kg (3 lb ) skinless boned turkey breast

 - 12 dried dessert figs

 - 2 tablespoons dry Marsala (Italian fortified wine)

 - 30g (1 oz) unsalted butter

 - 1 tablespoon olive oil

 - 2 leeks (white part only), rinsed well, patted dry

 - 2 tablespoons chopped lemon thyme leaves

 - 20 thin slices of rindless pancetta from a long, flat piece

 - 1/3 cup (80ml) maple syrup


Soak figs in marsala for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frypan over medium heat.

Add leeks, sprinkle with thyme and season.

Cook, turning, for 10 minutes or until softened.

Halve lengthways, then cool.

Place a large sheet of baking paper on a work surface. Lay pancetta slightly overlapping on paper. The layer should be big enough to enclose turkey.

Butterfly turkey through centre - not cutting right through - and open out like a book.

Place in a large plastic bag, then flatten thickest parts slightly with a rolling pin. Remove from bag, lay on pancetta, then season.

Place 2 leek halves end to end down centre of turkey, followed by figs, then remaining leek. Lift paper and use to help you roll turkey around filling - it should be fully covered by pancetta. Discard paper, then wrap roll tightly in foil. Chill for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 180°C. Bake turkey in a roasting pan for 1 hour.

Remove foil, brush with syrup and roast for 25 minutes or until juices run clear when meat is pierced with a skewer. Cover loosely with foil, rest for 15 minutes, then slice thickly.

Serve with accompaniments, scattered with mustard fruits.



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Turkey with Figs, Leek and Pancetta