Thursday, April 10, 2014

Maple Glazed Turkey Breast

A gorgeous roast turkey breast, basted with maple syrup. Perfect for Easter, or any special holiday.

Hun... What's for Dinner?: Maple Glazed Turkey Breast- A gorgeous roast turkey breast, basted with maple syrup. Perfect for Easter, or any special holiday.

Easter is just around the corner, and the big question is Ham, or Turkey? We usually do ham. This year we'll be visiting my mother in law, and I think she's making ham too. But sometimes I just crave turkey, especially around the holidays. It recreates a connection to family, even though we can not be together. I lucked out last week and found a turkey breast for a steal at the local grocery store. I've mentioned it before, but you should really check your local grocery store, for the discounted meat section. These meats are still perfectly fine, they just need to be sold quickly, before they reach their Expiration date. As long as you cook them the day you buy them, or freeze them immediately; there is nothing wrong with discounted meat. You can find wonderful bargains for up to 40% off the original price. In today's economy, this is a way for my family to enjoy expensive cuts of meats, for less.

For those who prefer turkey to ham, or who even want to make both, this recipe would be perfect for Easter. Using wonderful maple syrup, which is in season, this turkey is sweet and savoury all in one. The skin gets all crisp and the glaze add a wonderful wow factor to the dish. I decided to roast my turkey breast with sweet potatoes, because I knew the maple syrup would be great with them. I just seasoned them with salt and pepper, thyme and a bit of rosemary. I made a simple gravy with the turkey drippings, adding a few more herbs and spices and it was a spectacular meal. Roasting one turkey breast is a great way to enjoy turkey, for smaller families, or for empty nesters who are now only cooking for two. Make your Easter special this year, with a fabulous recipe, no matter how many people you are celebrating with!

Hun... What's for Dinner?: Maple Glazed Turkey Breast- A gorgeous roast turkey breast, basted with maple syrup. Perfect for Easter, or any special holiday.

Maple Glazed Turkey Breast
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1 turkey breast (ours was about 7 lbs)
1/2 C pure maple syrup
1/2 ground thyme
1/2 tsp rubbed sage
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

For gravy:
a pinch of nutmeg
1/4 tsp rubbed sage
1/4 tsp ground thyme
1 C chicken stock
1 C water, divided
2 Tbs cornstarch
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Season turkey breast with 1/2 tsp of thyme and sage, salt and pepper. Place into small roasting pan, or large baking dish, with about 1/2 C of water. Bake, 20 minutes per pound, basting with maple syrup every 30 minutes; internal temperature should read 160 degrees F. Let rest 15 minutes, before serving.

For gravy: skim fat from roasting pan drippings and pour into a sauce pot. Add chicken stock, 3/4 C water, 1/4 tsp of sage and thyme and a pinch of nutmeg. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to med-low. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Combine the cornstarch with remaining 1/4 C of water. Remove gravy from heat and whisk in cornstarch. Return to heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until gravy has reached desired consistency. Check for seasonings, adding salt and pepper if needed. Serve with the turkey.

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Kim Vealey said...

I came, I saw, I want!! Pinned for the next bird!!

Rosita Vargas said...

BuenĂ­sima una gran receta su glaseado perfecto,abrazos

Miz Helen said...

Hi Cindy,
I pinned your recipe, it looks fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special week.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Patty Anderson said...

Wishing I had some of that right now. What a gorgeous color on the skin (best part)!

mealplanmaven said...

What a stunning and delicious looking dish for the upcoming holidays!

Lorinda-The Rowdy Baker said...

Wow, this looks fantastic. I love, love, love maple. And...that photo - makes me want to lick the screen.