Three Ways to Cook Turkey Breast
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Three Ways to Cook Turkey Breast

Posted on November 07, 2020

Turkey breasts are tender, juicy and all the holiday zest of a seasonal turkey with a quarter of the work. With smaller gatherings this year, turkey breasts are ideal for intimate family dinners for personal portions, couples celebrating together, and singles looking to celebrate with more storage room in the freezer and less waste. 

All of Grass Roots’ birds are raised on pasture and are moved to fresh grass every day. Living outside and grazing naturally keeps our birds healthy, which means we don’t have to treat them with hormones or antibiotics. Their diet is supplemented with a GMO-free, custom-mixed grain full of nutrients.

Delicious, juicy, and tender, our turkey breasts are also super versatile. Roasted, grilled or stuffed these are guaranteed to be crowd-pleasers. Because our birds are pasture-raised they’re not only nutrient-dense, they're delicious! 


Stuffed 

If you’re looking to recreate the classic thanksgiving experience for an intimate dinner of two or four, stuffing your turkey breasts can highlight all the seasonal flavors of your favorite stuffing in every bite with this twist on a holiday classic.

Herb and Apple Stuffed Turkey Breast 

What You’ll Need (Per turkey breast) 

1 Grass Roots’ pasture-raised turkey breast 

Breadcrumbs 

1/4 onion, finely chopped 

1 tbsp dried sage and thyme

⅓ apple, diced 

¼ cup melted butter

Salt and pepper to taste

The Recipe

  1. Add olive oil to a medium pan on low heat, saute onions for a few minutes until translucent. Add to a bowl with thyme, sage, apple, seasons, and melted butter, mixing well. If the mixture is dry to the touch, mix in a teaspoon of water at a time until the mixture begins to stick together. 

  2. Prepare the turkey breast by placing it on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, slice the turkey breast in half. Make sure you do not cut through all the way and keep the knife level for equal thickness. Open the turkey breast and lay flat on the cutting board, using a meat hammer or soup can in a sanitized zip-lock bag, pound flat and season with salt and pepper. 

  3. Preheat your oven to 285 degrees fahrenheit and start stuffing turkey breasts by placing the stuffing on top of the turkey, pressing in slightly. Starting at the shorter end, begin to roll the turkey breast up and tie it in even rounds with cooking string. Place in a dutch oven and roast until turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degree fahrenheit. 


Roasted 

Roasting is a traditional way of cooking a turkey that brings back memories of gathering in the kitchen on Thanksgiving day with the whole family. Great for hands-off-at-home chefs and beginner cooks who are looking for a fool-proof way to impress this season without all the steps and ingredients.

Garlic and Herb Roasted Turkey Breast 

What You’ll Need 

1 Grass Roots’ pasture-raised turkey breast 

5 tbsp softened butter 

1 tbsp finely minced sage, thyme, and garlic 

1 ½ tsp rosemary leaves

2 tbsp finely minced parsley 

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil 

The Recipe

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and coat a shallow baking sheet lightly with olive oil. Add butter, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper to a small mixing bowl and combine. Spread the seasoned butter on top of each turkey breast and bake for 15 about minutes or until slightly brown. 

  2. Reduce the oven heat to 325 degrees fahrenheit and bake about for an additional 30 min, basting periodically with juices from the pan. Cook until the turkey breast has reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees fahrenheit. Cover the turkey with foil and let set for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. 


Grilled 

For a smokier flavor with bold taste, grilling is the go-to way to prepare your turkey breast. Gathering around the turkey while it cooks is a tradition cherished by many during the thanksgiving season. Without the spectacle of a larger turkey this year, gathering around the grill is one of the best ways to celebrate the season in a more non-traditional way.

Grilled Brown Sugar Turkey Breast 

What You’ll Need 

1-5 lbs of Grass Roots’ pasture-raised turkey breasts

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp kosher salt and chili powder

½ tsp oregano and cumin

Olive oil

The Recipe

  1. Start by preheating your grill to reach a temperature of 350 to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Add rub ingredients together, making sure to stir thoroughly. Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry. Use a brush to coat with a light layer of olive oil and apply the rub generously, ensuring each turkey breast is seasoned evenly. 

  2. Grill each turkey breast for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned. Flip the breast and turn off the direct heat, keeping the temperatures at 350 to 375 degrees. Keep the lid closed as much as possible. Cook until each turkey breast reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees fahrenheit.


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