Veronese Rolled Turkey Loaf (Polpettone)

Preparation info
  • Yield:


    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Gefilte Variations

By Jayne Cohen

Published 2000

  • About

Like its poor relation, the Ashkenazi helzel, a goose neck filled with fat, flour, and scraps of meat, this refined loaf of boned and rolled turkey (similar to a ballotine), favored by Italian Jews for holiday meals, relies on gentle cooking within a pouch sewn of poultry skin to keep the contents moist and succulent.

Variations of this polpettone are found throughout the Jewish communities of Italy, some calling for additions of ground veal or pistachios, some grinding the t