Romano Basil Turkey Breast Recipe
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Romano Basil Turkey Breast Recipe

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Guests will be impressed when you slice this golden, grilled turkey breast, dressed up with a flavorful layer of basil and cheese under the skin. —Darlene Markham, Rochester, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 ounces Romano cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 4 lemon slices
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (4 to 5 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

6 ounces cooked turkey equals 402 calories, 20 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 136 mg cholesterol, 493 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 53 g protein.


  1. Combine the cheese, basil, lemon slices and garlic. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey breast; place mixture under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks. Rub skin with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Place turkey over drip pan. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Remove toothpicks. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Romano Basil Turkey Breast in Taste of Home June/July 2009, p53

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Reviewed Aug. 9, 2012

"I haven't made this yet. Wondering how this would do in a roster oven."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"This recipe sounds good, but in reality the flavors of the basil and romano don't penetrate the meat, the the flavor is all just in the crust, and when I sliced my roast the basil & romano mixture fell off, didn't present like the picture."

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