November 15, 2023 5 Comments
This is the only time of year you can buy turkey breast. I don’t know why this is because you can always find it at the deli.
How many of us buy sliced turkey breast to make sandwiches? Turkey breast is one of those lean meats that nutritionists tell us to eat. It is famous for being low in fat, high in protein and easy to serve.
But, the stuff we buy at the deli isn’t that nice. The difference between a packaged, cooked sliced turkey breast and a fresh, roasted turkey breast is quite stark.
For example, the turkey breast you are roasting is not round. Right there, you know the turkey has been processed for easy slicing. Also, a large amount of salt is usually added to give the packed turkey some flavor.
Roasting your own turkey breast will save you money and it will taste much better. It’s not even the same animal in my opinion.
I bought this 8 pound turkey breast at Aldi for about $1.70 a pound. It has a bone in it because I think bones are good for taste.
I’ve included my recipe for roasted turkey breast below, but I’ve included a few other methods for cooking turkey breast on Snack Girl – see: cook turkey breast in an oven bag and slow cooker turkey breast.
I want to be clear that I am not cooking this for Thanksgiving. I made it for a meal and then froze half of it which I then use for sandwiches. My local deli was selling turkey breast for $8 a pound (not even close to what I paid for frozen turkey breast, even if you factor in the bone).
This frozen turkey breast didn’t come without added ingredients, which I find to be quite common. Here’s what it says on the label:
turkey, turkey stock, salt, sugar, brown sugar, natural flavor
It is extremely important to check the ingredients on the package because you don’t want to add more salt or sugar if there is already some in the bird.
If the ingredients say “turkey” – then you can rub a few teaspoons of kosher salt under the skin and let it marinate for 24 hours.
The key to a great turkey breast is to IGNORE THE PACKAGE DIRECTIONS. I used all caps because I felt you should know they are good but not the best.
Start the bird at a higher temperature to seal in the juices, then tear it down to finish cooking. I find this technique makes a huge difference in the moistness of the finished product.
I have a convection setting on my oven that I use for this process. Roasting goes faster and also cooks the bird evenly. Use it if you have it!
Buying extra turkey breasts this season? How do you cook your turkey breast?
Roast Turkey Breast Recipe
1 frozen bone-in turkey breast (7-10) kg
Thaw turkey breast in refrigerator for 2 days. Preheat oven to 425 F. Remove breast from package and place on a baking rack, skin side up. Add 1 cup of water to the pan to prevent the pan from burning.
Roast the turkey breast for 30 minutes. Lower the heat to 325 degrees and roast until the turkey reaches 160 degrees, about 1 hour. Baking time will vary depending on the size of the breast and your oven.
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