Turkey and Greens Roll Up aka Swirled Turkey Loaf Recipe- Gluten Free, Egg Free, Grain Free

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I had wanted to post this recipe for my turkey and wild greens roll up that I made for Thanksgiving dinner already months and months ago, if not over a year ago. But of course, as things happen, I forgot entirely about it, and every single time I went to post it, something else came up. First, I lost the recipe, and needed to make it again so I had the exact amounts to share... and then I forgot, and forgot, and forgot, but I've been saving the photos of this on my camera memory card, using up space, reminding me that I needed to get this posted already.
I've been a little busy lately with the new baby and all, and definitely haven't been making anything as fancy as this lately, but I figured, why not share this fancy but cheap recipe now, with Easter and Passover coming up soon.

It looks nice and pretty, but fortunately it's pretty easy to make, not to mention pretty cheap. You probably can change it up a bit from how I made it, using bread crumbs in place of the potato flakes (use gluten free bread crumbs to keep this gluten free), and/or 2 eggs instead of the flax. (If you do use eggs instead of the flax, you might want to increase the potato flakes a drop, or add a little potato starch or bread crumbs so it isn't runny.)
You can use whatever greens you want for this recipe, whether foraged greens like mallow or wild mustard or sow thistle, or you can use spinach or swiss chard or whatever.

It tastes delicious and has been a hit with my family and guests both times I made it.

Turkey and Greens Roll Up Recipe- Gluten Free, Egg Free, Grain Free

4 cups ground turkey or chicken (approximately 2 lbs)
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1 cup potato flakes
1/2 cup onion flakes
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups blanched or sauted greens, or frozen chopped greens
Oil, for greasing

1. Mix the ground turkey/chicken with the flax seeds, potato flakes, onion flakes, nutmeg, salt, and pepper, so it is all uniform.

2. Spread a piece of parchment paper with oil- rub it all over so that the meat mixture doesn't stick on.

3. Flatten the meat mixture all over the parchment paper, so that it is roughly in a rectangle shape. You want it as even as possible.

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4. If your greens are sauted, blend them so they are a uniform texture, and can be smoothly spread. If using frozen greens, squeeze out the liquid. Spread then smoothly over the meat, keeping the greens slightly away from the edge on one side.

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5. Life up the parchment paper and the meat mixture with it, rolling it onto itself, carefully separating the meat mixture from the parchment paper. If you used enough oil, it shouldn't be stuck on. Roll it in the direction that the side with the greens not all the way to the edge of the meat will be the outside of the roll.

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6. Roll it the rest of the way up, so you have a jelly roll style log.

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7. Transfer the roll to a baking tray, carefully, making sure the roll is seam side down.

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8. Bake for around an hour at 350, or until the meat is fully golden brown. I can't tell you an exact cooking time, because I didn't time this exactly....

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...But if you're not sure if it's fully cooked, cut out a slice from the middle and check to see if it is fully cooked/solid.

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9. And now, voila, you have a pretty, swirled turkey/chicken loaf recipe that tastes as delicious as it looks. You can serve it either by placing the logs on the table, with both ends cut off, so that the swirl's easily visible, or by cutting it into individual slices, so that each person gets a pretty swirled piece on their plate.

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I love fancy, cheapo meals. Especially when they taste good. And this certainly fits the bill.

Does this look like a recipe you'd try?
What is your favorite fancy, cheapo, and tasty meal?

Penniless Parenting

Mommy, wife, writer, baker, chef, crafter, sewer, teacher, babysitter, cleaning lady, penny pincher, frugal gal


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  1. This looks very tasty. Love the greens filling idea. Might try it for Passover. I once made something very similar for dh's birthday, just filled it with cold cuts (expensive, I know)

  2. This looks really good! I'll try it -- chicken's cheap right now.

  3. did you ever try to do this recipe using eggs instead of ground flax seeds? ground flax seeds are expensive here, and our parents have a lot of chickens and we get free egg from them. Paula

  4. Anything you could substitute for the potato flakes?

    1. I don't know what your food restrictions are. I use potato flakes instead of bread crumbs or oatmeal to keep it moist- so i guess you can substitute that in reverse, but I can't promise how it'll come out.

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