Butternut Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin with Cranberries and Pecans

Turkey tenderloins stuffed with a sweet and savory filling of butternut squash, cranberries, sage and pecans – this tastes like Thanksgiving, all wrapped up in one dish!

Turkey tenderloins stuffed with a sweet and savory filling of butternut squash, cranberries, sage and pecans – this tastes like Thanksgiving, all wrapped up in one dish!

Honestly, the photos don’t do this justice. I was having one of those days that I couldn’t take a decent photo, but the turkey – it’s amazing! And the leftovers were just as good the next day for lunch.

Butternut Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin with Cranberries and Pecans – tastes like Thanksgiving all in one dish!

Turkey tenderloins (the tender long strip of white meat hidden under the turkey breast) are very tender and excellent for weeknight cooking. Because it’s so lean, you want to be sure you don’t overcook it or the meat will be dry.

Butternut Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin with Cranberries and Pecans

Turkey tenderloins stuffed with a sweet and savory filling of butternut squash, cranberries, sage and pecans – this tastes like Thanksgiving, all wrapped up in one dish!

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless turkey tenderloins (1 lb total)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tbsp light olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups (6 oz)  diced butternut squash, 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (replace with honey for Paleo, omit Whole30)
  • 1 cup baby spinach or kale
  • 3 sage leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans
  • 1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 6 to 8 pieces cooking twine
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil.  Add shallots and garlic and sauté over medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes, or until golden. Add butternut squash, cranberries, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon water and cover; cook on low for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove lid and add kale, salt, sage, and pepper, cover and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Set aside to cool and mix in pecans.
  3. Cut a pocket into the sides of the tenderloins, careful not to cut all the way through at the ends. Season the inside and outside of the turkey with salt.
  4. Stuff each turkey breast with about 3/4 cup of squash mixture.  Cut cooking twine long enough to tie each breast with 3 to 4 pieces of twine.  Cut off extra twine.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  6. Heat an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, lightly spray with cooking spray. Carefully sear each turkey breast on each side about 2 minutes. Pour 1 tablespoon water into the skillet and cover tight with foil.  (Or transfer to a baking dish and cover tight with foil). Cook in the center of the oven 25 minutes.
  7. Allow to sit 5 minutes before cutting off twine and slicing each turkey breast in 4 slices. Spoon any pan juices over the turkey and serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 2 slices

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 4
  • Points +: 5
  • Calories: 221
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 51mg
  • Sodium: 880mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Protein: 22g