Pecan Pesto Roasted Turkey Breasts
A Thanksgiving meal you can eat any day!
- 1 cup pecans
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for oiling pan
- 1 small onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 12 fresh sage leaves
- 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 fresh bay leaves
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 boneless turkey breast halves, skin on (about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds each)
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Oil the bottom of a roasting pan and set aside.
Place a small, dry skillet over medium heat, add pecans and cook until toasted, stirring and shaking the pan frequently. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
In a food processor, combine the cooled nuts, onion, lemon zest, sage, parsley, salt, pepper and 3 tablespoons of EVOO. Pulse until you have a coarse paste.
Put bay leaves and butter into a small pan over medium-low heat until the butter is bubbling. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Put the turkey breasts on a work surface. Carefully run your fingers between the skin and the flesh from one end, being careful not to pull it completely off, to create a pocket.
Season the turkey breasts generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stuff half of the herb/pecan paste under the skin of each breast, spreading it evenly under the skin.
Fold the skin back to cover the pesto.
Transfer turkey breasts to the roasting pan. Using a pastry brush, baste the breasts with half of the bay butter. Place the turkey in the oven and immediately decrease the temperature to 400°F. After 20 minutes, baste the turkey breasts with the remaining butter, and roast for an additional 20-25 minutes, until cooked through, and a thermometer placed in the thickest part of the breast registers 170°F.
Remove from the oven, transfer to a platter, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes.