Monday, May 12, 2014

The Juciest Turkey Breast

What is that wonderful smell? 
Roast turkey in the oven!

Roasting the breast is one the easiest dinners
 in my rotation. This is turkey 101 for anyone 
that's not yet convinced. Target always seems 
to have turkey breast on sale for 99¢ a pound. 
That's such a bargain! If you're a couple like us,
 or a small family you can get several meals out
 of it. Nothing is better than a real turkey breast
 sandwich during the week ahead. 
Use a V-shaped rack in a small metal roasting pan.
This one is 9X11. So easy! Just butter it up.
Season well.
 Roast for 1-1/2 hours at 350º.
 Take a peek after an hour and it should
be nice and golden brown; now cover it
loosely with foil and add a cup of water
to the bottom of the pan. Return to the
oven for the last 30 minutes.
When done remove to a cutting board 
and let it rest for 10 minutes, still covered
with the foil while you make the gravy.
I use cornstarch, chicken broth, or 
powdered bouillon and water. 
 Remove the rack and whisk the drippings
over a heated burner.
Combine the gravy ingredients in a jar
and shake to blend. Add to the pan.
Whisk to blend and cook until it begins to
 thicken. I usually make mashed potatoes
with this dinner, so when I drain the
potatoes, I reserve the potato water to
 use in the gravy.  It helps to thicken it
and adds more flavor. Stir in about a cup of
the potato water. Bring to a boil; simmer
 for about 2 minutes, adding more potato
water as needed until it reaches the
desired consistency. Keep warm on low.
 Slice the turkey.
I like the cripsy skin on the breast meat.
Serve with mashed potatoes, a vegetable,
and gravy. Look forward to great
sandwiches tomorrow. 

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
6-7 lb turkey breast (bone-in)
2 T butter, melted
salt & pepper
choice of seasonings
1 C water
Fit a small roasting pan with a V-shaped rack.
Rinse the turkey and dry well with a paper
towel. Rub the breast with the melted butter
and season with salt & pepper or your favorite
seasonings. Place on the rack and put into
a 350º oven for 1 hour. Add the 1 C of water
to the bottom of the pan and check
for to see if it's well browned. Lightly
cover the breast meat with foil to prevent
over-browning and continue to roast for
another 30 minutes. Remove the turkey
to a large cutting board leaving it tented with
the foil for about 10 minuted before carving
while you make the gravy.
optional seasonings: Poultry Rub, seasoned salt,
Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder,
tip: If you're making baked sweet potatoes
instead of mashed, just pierce them and pop
into the oven for the last hour.

Easy Gravy
2 T cornstarch
2 t chicken bouillon
1 C water
1 C reserved potato water
Place the roasting pan over heated burner, and
whisk scraping up any pan drippings into the water
in the bottom of the roasting pan. Combine the
 2 T cornstarch and the 2 t bouillon to 1 C water
 (or use 1 C chicken broth, and no dry bouillon)
in a jar and shake to combine; add to the pan
and whisk to combine, Add the reserved 1 C of
potato water (or plain water) whisking until it
starts to boil and thickens; about 2 minutes. Add
more potato water, up to 1 C as needed to reach
a desired consistency. Reduce heat to low to keep
warm. Pour into a heated gravy boat.


  1. I agree, I look for these specials too. A turkey breast makes a delicious dinner and great sandwiches for during the week.
    Looks wonderful! Blessings, Catherine

  2. You are right. It has been long enough since Thanksgiving dinner and this roasted turkey looks wonderful. You can't beat the smell!!

  3. I agree, I can smell it over here in Idaho! Smells and looks so yummy! And easy! 99 cents a pound? Great deal! I will be on the look-out for turkey now, and will be using your simple recipe.... :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  4. Rita May that looks delicious! Thanks for linking up!

  5. Rita, you truly know how to live life. xo

  6. that looks so good i have not made a turkey breast but i will now thanks