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Oct 22, 2006 12:27 PM

Ideas for Roasted Turkey Breast for T-Day?

Hi all,

This year instead of a 20+ pounder for Thanksgiving Day, I was thinking of a 10 or 12 lb turkey and a turkey breast... most of my family wants the white meat anyway.

Any tips, tricks, advice, interesting recipes for a roasted turkey breast? My family expects the usual turkey treatment for the whole bird (sage, thyme, parsley, pepper, salt only!), so it might be fun to do something a little different with the breast.

Might consider using the grill (weber-gas) if the weather here in chicagoland cooperates.

(no bread stuffing recipes, please, as I am gluten(wheat) intolerant)


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  1. My family does a Kahlua Glazed turkey.

    1/3 cup apricot jam
    1/3 cup Kahlua
    Strain jam or smooth in a blender or processor
    Add Kahlua and mix well
    Baste throughout roasting period.

    You may add seasoning to this mixture as well.
    If you line the botton of the pan with carrots and onions they will carmelize in the juices during roasting. And the leftover "gravy" is fantastic.

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    1. re: KitchenAid

      Would you say the coffee flavor can be identified, or does it all blend in to turkey gravy?

      1. re: blue room

        It blends. You taste a subtle sweetness, almost as if you used maple syrup, but deeper.

        My mom will glaze yams and cranberries as well sometimes.

    2. How about turkey mole, or chile verde?

      1. I like to put some thyme, garlic and pepper and salt mixed into butter under the skin. I then roast the breast on top of a bed of apple chunks, onion and garlic. When I make it for a dinner on its own, I usually toss in some yam and potato pieces to roast.

        1. If you do it, it's much better with the skin and on the bone.

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          1. re: Karl S

            Steven Raichlen has a fabulous recipe for Turkey Pastrami. It's in his original Barbecue Bible.

          2. Steven Raichlen has a fabulous recipe for Turkey Pastrami. It's in his original Barbecue Bible