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Share our Holiday Table {recipe: Bacon Wrapped Turkey Spiedini}

1 out of 6 children worry about when their next meal will come.

That’s 12 million American children.


There are few better causes than the elimination of childhood hunger. That’s what the folks at Share Our Cause: No Kid Hungry work to do every day.

Sixty-something foodbloggers, participating in Share Our Holiday Table, are joining the fight. We’re reaching out to readers—reminding everyone of the wonderful food that typically graces our families’ table and the need to help less fortunate families experience the same.

We’ve entered that Giving time of year. ThanksGiving. Holiday Gift Giving. Here’s an opportunity to extend that giving beyond our family and friends—to children in need of a good hot meal.

It’s pretty simple to join in. Just click this phrase—No Kid Hungry—and make a donation. Feed a kid. Simple.


We never went hungry in our family. We went without other things but were fortunate enough to always have good food on the table—three square meals a day, seven days a week.

My Mom is a good cook. And a diligent one. She provided a balanced diet and delicious foods for us to enjoy.

This recipe was one of our favorites. A special treat, since it was a little time consuming. Only because we ate so many of these spiedini (Italian for skewer) that she had to make enough for an army!

When I put the meal together and popped it into the oven the aroma that filled the house reminded me of my childhood and my Mom’s kitchen. I’m forever grateful for that memory and the good food that graced our table.


Bacon Wrapped Turkey Spiedini

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the following ingredients together until it resembles slightly damp sand. Set aside.

1 cup GF bread crumbs (these or these)

1 glove garlic, minced

2 teaspoons dry parsley

3 tablespoons grated pecorino romano cheese

6 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste


You’ll also need

3 large turkey breasts

10-12 slices gluten free bacon, uncooked & cut into thirds

10-20 bay leaves

half a dozen 6 inch wooden skewers


Butterfly the turkey breasts and pound with a mallet until about an 1/8 inch thick or less. (Tip: place the turkey in a large Ziploc or between two sheets of heavy plastic wrap before pounding with a wooden mallet.)

Slice the flattened turkey into 2 to 2 1/4 inch strips then in half. Each piece should be about 2¼ x 3½ inches. This is an ideal size but will vary slightly—you want the turkey rolls as uniform as you can get them.

Place a small spoonful of the breadcrumb mixture down the center of each turkey strip. Roll it up and wrap it in a piece of bacon. Slide the turkey roll on one of the skewers. Repeat—with a bay leaf (or half a leaf) between each turkey roll. Place about 4 rolls on a skewer.

The finished skewers then go in a baking pan and into the oven for about 45-55 minutes. They’re done when the bacon is nicely browned and crispy. Serve immediately.

Makes about 28 Bacon Wrapped Turkey Spiedini.


Check out these other wonderful recipes from fellow foodbloggers participating in Share Our Holiday Table:



What’s Gaby Cooking - Spinach & Feta Stuffed Pork Tenderloin (naturally gluten-free)

Food Blogga  - Pork Medallions with Maple-Balsamic Apples & Pomegranate Arils (naturally gluten-free)


Life in Recipes - Cranberry Glazed Cornish Game Hens with Wild Rice Stuffing (naturally gluten-free)

Bluebonnets & Brownies - Grilled Sausage & Maple Corn Polenta (naturally gluten-free)

Foodie Tots - Sunday Brisket


The Peche - Roasted Eggplant with Raisin Pine Nut Vinaigrette & Feta Cream (naturally gluten-free)


Nourishing Meals - Salmon Puttanesca (naturally gluten-free, of course!)

Visit the Share Our Holiday Table site for links to previous & future courses in this event—appetizers, drinks, salads, sides, and desserts.

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Reader Comments (20)

Great cause... wonderful recipe!!!

Dec 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

These look AMAZING!!

I want one. Or twenty. :)

Dec 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCookbook Queen

Yum! These look great! I also wanted to tell you that I think your blog design is great! Glad to meet you as we work together for Share Our Strength!

These look like they'd be great as appetizers as well!

Dec 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShaina

What a tasty food memory.

Nancy, my sweet! I could eat half a platter of these. I see why your mom had to make enough for an army! I really like the skewered foods. So much easier to serve. Kids really like 'em, too. Hope you are well and am honored to be blogging this event with talented foodies like you :)


Nancy - these look wonderful. Thank you for participating in our No Kid Hungry endeavor this holiday season! xoxoxo

What a great post. The equation is pretty simple; make a donation, feed a kid. I'm thinking your Bacon Wrapped Turkey Speidini will be on the table for my New Year's Day party. They look fantastic.

I just love this. We do a simpler version with pork, but I'm loving this recipe. Adding it to the menu for next week.

Dec 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris @ The Peche

What a great recipe for a holiday party! Delicious and easy to make. Thanks for sharing Nancy!

your friend, Ellen

Dec 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGluten Free Diva

No wonder your mum had to make hundreds of these, they sound wonderful. Yumm...

Dec 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterInTolerant Chef

Um, wow! Is you stove going yet, because I want to come and eat a bunch of these? Oh, ok, I will get my butt in gear and make them myself. They sound so good. And, I have some gf breadcrumbs in my cupboard just waiting to be used. I think I finally found the recipe. :)

Tia :P

Dec 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTia

Thanks to all for the fabulous comments! I do think these would be good with pork, venison, or veal (which is what my mom used). And, perfect for appetizers, too.

And many many thanks for those of you who were able to contribute to this wonderful cause.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

So happy to see you be a part of No Hungry Kid. It speaks loudly and really shows your heart. Many blessings!

Thanks, Elise. It's all about the kids. You know, it takes a village to raise a child. Have a wonderful holiday season!

I am still making the rounds on our Share Our Holiday event and continue to be amazed, both by the writing and the thoughts on Share Our Strength and the cause itself, and, of course, by the phenomenal recipes. Beautiful job, Nancy! It is pretty simple for sure ... hope we raise a ton of money and feed a ton of kids!


Dec 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Okay, these look amazing! I can only imagine how much work this must have been for your mom to make so many to keep up with all of you! What a great addition to this Progressive Meal! I am so glad to be a part of this event with you! ;)

Not sure how I missed this earlier, but these look so delicious!

Dec 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Yum, yum, yum! It has been such a pleasure getting to know you this year. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! xo Carol

Hi Nancy! Wishing you a healthy, delicious and Happy New Year 2011!

Dec 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarina
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