Thursday, November 13, 2014

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast


Today's recipe is the perfect Thanksgiving dinner,  for those of you who want to cook something delicious but are too afraid to cook the whole turkey.  This turkey breast is so rich in flavor,  juicy and delicious, but it's also super easy to make, so hopefully you will give it a try. Enjoy

Ingredients:
  • 1 Whole Turkey breast skin and bone in, 9-12 lbs.
Ingredients to Prepare the Turkey:
  • ¼ C Chicken broth
  • 2 T Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 T butter
  • ½ T minced Garlic
  • ½ T Crushed Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Sage
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 2 T All Purpose Flour
  • Salt
Ingredients to cook the turkey (optional)
  • 3 carrots cut in chunks
  • 3 celery stalks cut in chunks
  • 1 onion cut in chunks
  • 2 sprigs fresh Rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh Thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh Sage
  • ½ cup chicken broth or water

The day before:
Prepare the Turkey:  Dry the turkey breast really well. I rinsed it with cold water then dry it with paper towels.

Season the cavity of the turkey with about 2 tablespoons of kosher salt. just the cavity don't season anything else for now.

Now combine all the ingredients : chicken broth, olive oil, butter, minced garlic, black pepper, basil, sage, thyme, flour and plenty of salt. Mix well and then rub this mixture all over the turkey breast, below the skin and on the skin and inside the cavity as well.  Refrigerate the turkey for 24 hours before cooking it. Do not cover it at all! No plastic wrap, no aluminum foil, just place it in a large container and keep it the refrigerator without cover.

After 24 hours:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Place the turkey breast in a baking dish, if you are using the vegetables to cook the turkey, first line the vegetables on the baking dish, and place the turkey breast right in the middle, on the vegetables,
pour ½ cup of water or chicken broth into the baking dish, and if you like, feel free to stuff the cavity of the breast with the fresh herbs, Rosemary, thyme and sage, all this is extra, the turkey breast is already well seasoned so all this steps are extra, you can skip them if you want.

Place the turkey breast in the oven at 350º for about 2- 2½ hours or until cooked. The internal temperature of the cooked breast should be 160-165ºF.

Baste the turkey breast with it's cooking liquid every hour while is cooking.

Once the turkey breast is done, remove from the oven, and cover it with aluminum foil, let it rest for at least 15 minutes before serving it! Enjoy!

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