Apple Cider Turkey Breast

Brining tenderizes turkey in this simple recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. Serve with Green Beans and Caramelized Shallots, Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips, Cranberry Sauce, No-Fail Gravy and Apple and Onion Stuffin’.


For the brine:

  • 1 quart apple cider
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • A small handful of sage leaves
  • A small handful of thyme sprigs
  • A handful of parsley
  • 1 large shallot or small onion, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 orange, sliced
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  • 1 boneless turkey breast
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling
  • Black pepper
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For the brine, heat the brine ingredients in a saucepot to dissolve the sugar and salt then cool completely.

Place the turkey in 2.5-gallon plastic bag and add the brine. Let rest for several hours, preferably overnight.

If using a conventional oven, set the turkey on a metal rack set on a rimmed baking sheet and pre-heat the oven to 325ºF. Pat the turkey dry, rub with EVOO and season with ground pepper. Roast for 15 minutes per pound.

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