This is such an easy, simple recipe. You will not be disappointed!
I keep these double bagged in my freezer.
I absolutely love my garlic press. Easy to use AND clean!
I like a finely minced garlic and this lovely tool does the job for me.
Pampered Chef measuring spoon makes it easy to fit into a small spice jar.
If you don't have any, don't worry.
Just find some dried rosemary and use half.
Update: Did you know you can freeze rosemary and other herbs?
Sage is going to be my next plant in my herb garden next year.
Use half of what the recipe calls for when using the powdered stuff ~
I have fresh thyme that is in the freezer.
I didn't have time to get it out...
I'm not sure what that is...
I'm from Utah, and I like the Real Sea salt...
this has a sweeter, less bitter taste than table salt.
Fresh ground pepper.
Finally, a fresh ingredient...
Good olive oil.
Extra virgin is what I used.
I'm sure you can use whatever oil you want to use.
Olive oil has a flavor all its own.
Not really...it was the bottled stuff.
Next time, I will invest in real lemons ~
Stir it all together.
Take a deep whiff..... You will love the aroma!
Plenty of white meat to go around!
I have this aversion to handling raw meat.
And meat with bones.
Wash, pat it dry, and put it in a roasting pan.
I have found that a small dinner spoon to do just the trick.
You want to separate the skin from the ... uh ... meat.
Leave the skin intact near the bottom of the turkey...
you don't want the seasonings to drip out~
After you have separated the skin, spoon half of the seasoning mixture between the two sides of the breast.
It's worth it, it's worth it, I keep telling myself...
The silicone pastry brush.
He gets to spread the other half of the seasoning on the outside of the turkey.
I love you, Mr. Silicone brush...
If you have an oven probe, use it~ it takes all the guesswork out of cooking the turkey.
Every turkey breast has a different weight and you do NOT want to overcook it.
If you don't have a probe, invest in an instant read thermometer. You can get one for around $25.
Worth every penny!
White cooking wine.
It's all about flavor.
And not drying out the poor thing...
At 2 hours, the turkey was beginning to brown, so I put aluminum foil over it.
At 2 1/2 hours, it was done!
The turkey package said 3 1/2 hours...go figure. I trust my thermometer!
After taking it out of the oven, put a large piece of foil over it and let it sit for at least 20 minutes to allow all the juices to redistribute throughout.
My guests arrived 45 minutes later, and the turkey was still hot.
Herb Roasted Turkey
from the Barefoot Contessa
1 whole bone-in turkey breast, 6 1/2 to 7 pounds
1 T. minced garlic (3 cloves)
2 t. dry mustard
1 T. chopped fresh rosemary leaves (I only had dried)
1 T. chopped fresh sage leaves (I only had powdered; used 1/2T.)
1 t. chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 t. kosher salt
1 t. freshly ground pepper
2 T. olive oil
2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 c. dry white wine (I used Fre alcohol removed white wine)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place the turkey breast, skin side up, on a rack in a roasting pan.
In a small bowl, combine the garlic, mustard, herbs, salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice to make a paste. (it was runny, but worked just fine) Loosen the skin from the meat gently with your fingers and smear half the paste directly on the meat. (A small spoon worked better than using my fingers) Spread the remaining paste evenly on the skin. Pour the wine into the bottom of the roasting pan.
Roast turkey for 1 3/4 to 2 hours, until the skin is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees when inserted into the thickest and meatiest areas of the breast. Test in several places. If the skin is over browning, cover the breast loosely with aluminum foil. When the turkey is done, cover with foil and allow it to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Slice and serve with pan juices spooned over the turkey.