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February 27th, 2013 No Comments

Roasted Turkey Breast


I don’t know if it’s because I’m being silly or not, but I wont’t eat “deli meat” anymore.  Like Boar’s Head, for example.  I just don’t trust it.  First of all, no animal I know comes in a perfect “ball,” and secondly, whatever they use to preserve it in the fridge will preserve it in my body (or that’s my thinking anyway).  Instead I usually buy “in-house” roasted meat at either Whole Foods, Central Market, or anywhere else that does it.

These days since we grill on The Big Green Egg so much, I buy a half turkey breast and cook that up to eat for the rest of week.  It tastes SOOO much better and there is no denying it’s fresh.

Here’s what you do:

  • Buy a half turkey breast with the skin on, bones in.
  • Make a marinade of grape seed oil, oil oil, minced garlic, fresh rosemary, Organics “garlic ‘n herb” seasoning from Whole Foods, salt, black pepper, squeeze of lemon.  You can really marinate it in anything you want: sauce, pesto, bbq, you name your flavor.
  • Rub marinade UNDER the skin and all over.
  • Take fresh thyme springs and insert under skin and under turkey when you lay it in glass baking pan.
  • Grill or roast in oven at 450 until done (every bird varies, just keep an eye on it)

As far as cost goes, a half breast will run me about $9 at Trader Joe’s, which is about 1.15 pounds of fresh grocery store meat.  I can’t say if I get MORE meat, but it tastes better and lasts me all week.

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