Saturday, November 7, 2015

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

Food-wise, Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday.  When the kids were at home and we had Shabbat dinner every Friday, our menu often included turkey, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce and Challah.

Any Way You Slice It is the theme for the week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) so clearly that's a sign that I should make a turkey breast for dinner. There are only two of us at home these days, so a whole turkey would be too much. Sunny, our dog, might disagree. 
"Ahem," says the dog, eagerly waiting for turkey.
I made Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast from The Food You Crave. You can also find it here.   The dish is described as "a breeze to make and a real crowd pleaser." Agreed. You basically rub a mixture of olive oil and herbs onto a skinless turkey breast, put it in the oven and wait.
The biggest challenge for me was removing the skin.  I often remove the fattiest parts, but this was the first time I took off the whole skin and I was surprised by how much fat is under it all. I was worried that the turkey would come out quite dry. Instead, it came out flavorful and moist.  I should mention that I have a kosher kitchen and that the turkey breast comes pre-soaked and salted. From the kosher point of view, that is done to remove any trace of blood from the meat.  From a technique point of view, that may be known as brining the meat. This may account for some of the moistness.
I threw in some onions and potatoes to roast with the turkey and made cranberry sauce, as well. The recipe for the cranberry sauce is on the back of the Ocean Spray  package or here. . 

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  1. And you didn't have to wake before dawn to put the turkey in the oven:) This turkey breast looks incredible! I love how beautiful it is adorned with all the herbs. The sliced breast on the plate looks perfectly cooked. A gorgeous meal!

    Sunny is adorable!

  2. Looks delicious. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday too.

  3. So pretty with the the herbs and spices. Sunny certainly looks ready for a slice!

  4. Hi Judy, thanks for the tips about brining the meat. I'm one of those who hardly eat turkey because it's so tough. These turkey breast slices look very yummy! :)

  5. Brining looks like the way to go to keep the moisture in the turkey breast. This dish is a great warm-up for Thanksgiving.

  6. That looks delicious! Onions and potatoes sounds perfect with the turkey!

  7. I like this method for turkey, great post. I also love your doggie photo :-) Gotta love folks who love dogs.