For me the center piece of the Thanksgiving dinner is definitely the turkey. Because I am not usually cooking for a huge family I generally find it easier to just get a turkey breast rather than a whole turkey. Turkey breasts can come quite large with the one that I got this time weighing in at 6 pounds without any bones so you can easily feed a small family with just one. Although I sometimes miss not having the whole carcass to use to make turkey stock I definitely enjoy using the leftovers that I do get to make turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce.
Since I knew that I would be going a bit overboard with one of the side dishes this year, I decided to keep things simple and I went with a herb roasted turkey breast with some sage, rosemary and thyme. When you are roasting a turkey you simply cannot let those pan drippings go to waste as they make for a really tasty gravy! Just like Thanksgiving would not be the same without turkey, the turkey would not be the same without some cranberry sauce and this year I went with a gingered cranberry sauce. For the carb side, I went with some creamy blue cheese mashed potatoes topped with caramelized onions and mushrooms and for the green side, I went with some brussels sprouts with bacon and lemon. This years turkey dinner was a huge success!
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast
A simple herb roasted turkey breast that makes a great Thanksgiving meal for a small gathering.
Servings: makes 4+ servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- 1 (6 pound) turkey breast, skin on, rinsed and patted dry
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon sage, chopped
- 2 teaspoons thyme, chopped
- 2 teaspoons rosemary, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- Using your fingers separate the skin from the turkey breast leaving one side attached.
- Mix the oil, garlic, sage, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper, rub the mixture all over turkey under the skin and brush the top of the skin with oil.
- Place the turkey in a stove top safe roasting pan, roast in a preheated 400F oven for 30 minutes, reduce the temperature to 325F and roast until the middle of the turkey reaches 160F, about 1 hour.
- Place the turkey on a cutting board, cover loosely with foil and let it rest for a 10 minutes before slicing.
- Meanwhile, place the roasting pan on the stove over medium heat, add the chicken stock and flour and simmer, while scraping the brown bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon, until the gravy thickens and season with salt and pepper.
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