Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Turkey for Two

This is a great recipe if you are just having a small Thanksgiving and you want to avoid buying a whole turkey. I actually ended up going to the store and buying a couple more of these just to have on hand for dinners later.

Now keep in mind, I have never cooked a turkey so if I can do it on my first try so can you! Don't let the Thanksgiving turkey intimidate you!!

1 Whole Turkey Breast (that includes the ribs and whatnot)
1 TBS soft Butter
2 Large Carrots
1 White Onion
6 Cloves of Garlic
2 Large Ribs of Celery
4 Sprigs of Rosemary
1 cup Chicken Stock
Salt and Pepper

 With this whole turkey breast, since it has the ribs and skin, you can stuff it and even put stuff under the skin if thats what you like to do. But I'm not a huge fan, I think simple is the best way, just work on bringing out the natural flavors of the Turkey and not over doing it with a ton of flavors all packed into one turkey.

Preheat your oven to 325*

Take your Turkey breast out and place it in a square casserole dish. Smear your softened butter all over the skin of the turkey.

Next, chop all your veggies and add everything around the turkey (Carrots, Celery, Garlic, Onion, and Rosemary). Season with salt and pepper. Pour the one cup of Chicken Stock into the casserole dish. Place the turkey in the oven for about 45 minutes.

After the first 45 minutes up the oven temperature to 350* for another 45 minutes. THIS IS IMPORTANT: BUY A MEAT THERMOMETER! For $10 at Bed, Bath and Beyond I got a lovely digital thermometer that has all the basic meats and what temperatures they are supposed to be cooked to saved in it, so when you stick it in your turkey or whatever you are cooking, it will beep when you hit the right temperature.

Your turkey needs to reach 165* so this is the best way to make sure your turkey it ready!

Once you hit that magic number pull it out and let it rest for just a few minutes. The butter will have made the skin so crispy and crunchy I was completely surprised!!

Your turkey is ready to serve!! This was my first turkey ever and I have to say I was so shocked that it was actually delicious! I kept telling my husband, "You better tell me if this sucks because it's going on my blog and if it sucks and you aren't telling me, you might ruin lot's of peoples' Thanksgivings!!"

He said it was great! And we both had leftovers for lunch the next day! But this really is the perfect size for a Thanksgiving for two!

Click HERE to see the rest of my Thanksgiving dishes!

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