Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I know that roasting an entire turkey can be a little bit intimidating! This recipe and step by step video for roasting a turkey breast is the perfect fix for those nerves and makes the entire Thanksgiving day way easier and completely delicious!
There are a few things about this recipe that I am completely obsessed with:
1. Last year was the first year we ever used a brine on the turkey on Thanksgiving and let me tell you – it makes a WORLD of difference! The turkey was perfectly moist and juicy and it was all because of the brine. Making a brine is easy, as you’ll see in the video, and you can add all sorts of different spices or citrus… orange peels are an excellent addition!
2. The fresh rosemary, thyme and garlic make the perfect marriage in seasonings. They really bring out the great flavor of the turkey and so seriously so so so delicious with the must-have gravy too!
- 1 turkey breast, bone-in, about 5 to 7 pounds, skin on.
- 16 cups ice cold water
- 1 1/4 cups kosher salt
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
- 1 tbsp rosemary leaves, chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon black pepper, crushed
- 2 tsp Sea salt
- Place turkey breast in a large zip lock bag; place in a large roasting pan or other large container (just in case the bag leaks). Add the salt and brown sugar to the bag, and then close the bag and seal. Place in the refrigerator for 12 hours or overnight.
- Heat oven to 325°.
- Remove turkey from brine and pat dry. Discard brine. Place on a rack, breast side up, in a large roasting pan. Rub the turkey with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, along all other herbs and garlic. Make sure to rub it over and under the skin. Place a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast, not touching bone. Roast at 325° for about 2 hours until turkey breast registers 165-170°.
- Serves 8 to 10.