Roast Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Gravy

Roast Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Gravy

Serves 8 with leftovers

This is an ideal dish for a small gathering. Prepared as below, turkey breast cooked by itself is more likely to turn out moist and tender than white meat on a whole bird, and our butter-and-sage rub guarantees that it bursts with flavor. Pan drippings and cider make an ideal sweet-and-tangy combo for gravy.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 (6- to 7-pound) full bone-in turkey breast or 2 split bone-in turkey breasts
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup apple cider or hard apple cider
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Method: 

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place turkey breast on a rack in a roasting pan. In a small bowl, stir together butter, sage, shallot, salt and pepper. Loosen skin over turkey and rub about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter mixture under skin. Rub remaining butter all over turkey. Roast in the middle of the oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast registers 165°F or juices run clear when a paring a knife is poked in the thickest part of breast, about 1 3/4 to 2 hours for full breast and about 1 hour for split breasts. Transfer to a cutting board while you prepare gravy.

Pour the drippings from the roasting pan into a glass cup and allow to sit for 1 minute; spoon off 1 tablespoon of the fat that floats to top and place it in a small saucepan. Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir in flour. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Slowly stir in cider. Spoon off and discard remaining fat from top of pan juices; stir remaining juices into gravy. Cook, stirring frequently, until gravy thickens, 3 to 4 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired. Carve turkey breast into slices, transfer to a platter and serve with gravy.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:580 calories (250 from fat), 27g total fat, 9g saturated fat, 225mg cholesterol, 620mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 73g protein

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