Turkey Rolls with Red Wine, Goat Cheese Sauce; taunting swallows

This is what happens when one expects spring and it doesn’t arrive.

We switch from white wine to rosé for the summer months.  

It was too cold to do the turkey outside.

So I decided to make turkey rolls.

I didn’t have any white wine to make a sauce and I didn’t think Turkey in Pink Wine sounded quite right….

Thus the red wine.

Think Coq au Vin but different… It worked!

I used soft goat cheese – because that’s all I had. I expected it all to melt out into the sauce but to leave a little flavor behind.

That’s exactly what happened.

Turkey Rolls with Red Wine, Goat Cheese Sauce

Total time: 40 minutes 


  • 3 turkey cutlets, thin, 12oz (360gr) total weight
  • 3 slices Prosciutto or other dry-cured ham
  • 3oz (90gr) soft goat cheese
  • handful of fresh marjoram leaves
  • handful of fresh oregano leaves
  • handful of fresh chives
  • handful of fresh garlic chives
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (3oz, 90gr) chicken stock
  • 2/3 cup (5oz, 150gr) red wine
  • 1/3 cup Greek or Kalamta olives
  • 2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tbs water

Turkey Rolls with Red Wine Goat Cheese Sauce


  • Lay turkey cutlets flat, pounding to thin or even out if needed.
  • Lay Prosciutto on turkey.
  • Lay pimiento strips on Prosciutto, spreading evenly.
  • Spread goat cheese on ham.
  • Top with herbs.
  • Starting from one narrow end, roll up and tie securely with kitchen string.
  • Heat oil in medium skillet.
  • Add rolls and brown well on all sides.
  • Add wine, stock, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add olives and simmer 5 minutes longer
  • Remove rolls and keep warm.
  • Increase heat under skillet and add cornstarch mixture, stirring until thickened..
  • Remove string from rolls, cut each in half (looks nicer), spoon a bit of sauce over and serve.

We have new entertainment, chez nous.

A flock of swallows has paused on its migratory path.

They’re probably confused with our damp, cold weather and think they’re in England….

Like most swallows, they fly low and swoop and dip and swerve, which makes them utterly fascinating to our doggies.

Like most dogs, the girls love to chase anything that moves.

Like all dogs, the girls cannot catch a bird in flight.

The swallows seem to know this and have started taunting the dogs.

On our noon walk, when the risk of bunny sightings is minimal, the girls walk without leashes.  I keep a pocket well-stocked with treats and that’s normally enough to keep them close.

Yesterday, a few swallows swooped in close to the girls.

The girls gave chase.

The swallows led them around our little woods, across our field and back again, never letting the girls get too close – but never letting them get too far behind, either.

When the girls lost sight, one or two of them would dive at them, starting it all over again.

Do birds play?

These seemed to.

I finally got in Guapa’s way and held out a treat.

She stopped.  I kept her occupied with treats until Bonnie realized she was missing out.

I managed to get them back to the house where they collapsed for the afternoon.

Mon mari was laughing too hard to be of any help.

Life could be getting interesting for our girls….

3 thoughts on “Turkey Rolls with Red Wine, Goat Cheese Sauce; taunting swallows”

  1. Thanks for posting this. I’ve never rolled turkey, or flattened it into a Schnitzel-style dish, or done anything else with it other than make a roast or a (really tasty) American-style meatloaf. I want to hold this recipe, but not show it to ma femme, because then it would be immediately on order. #beenmarriedalongtime

    I wish your girls were here to help out with the birds in the back yard. Doves and pigeons have descended for the summer. They hide in the mulberry tree and one species drops this horrible purple mess onto the patio. Orkin Exterminators came today and I actually asked them if they “do birds.” Not to kill the birds! but to find ways to get them to poop in, say, my neighbors’ yard. Turns out they do (typically, they handle poop-on-roof problems) by putting screening over the trees. I can do that, but won’t. Who wants Grandma’s hair net over a perfectly beautiful shade tree?

  2. I have had dreadful problems with dog V swallows in the past – chasing the Cocopop endlessly trying to catch her. She was running just madly all over after the birds with no hope of it coming when called. It took so long catching that animal that I will never forget it. Now at age of 5, she is not the slightest bit interested in their nose diving antics.

  3. Dan, we had a huge mulberry tree at our last house – I totally sympathize with the mess.. And I never got to taste a mulberry….

    Kate, they do seem to like to tease the dogs. I think they have moved on now… I hope they have moved on LOL

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