As we all head into the holiday season and the Covid 19 catches it’s second wind, it’s become a hard reality that many of us won’t be able to share our holidays with all of our loved ones. We’ll need to rethink and even downsize our traditional holiday meals. This year, it will be just Howard and our 2 younger daughters. So why make a whole turkey? While I’m not changing my traditional Thanksgiving turkey recipe, I have down sized into this incredibly easy Brown Sugar and Bourbon Roasted Turkey Breast.
Before both of my parents passed away, Thanksgiving was the holiday we braved the mountain passes and head to Spokane, Washington to be with them. Mom would make the most amazing holiday dinner that left everyone in a food comma. Then she’d revive us by mentioning the 4 or 5 pies she had stashed in the garage fridge.
Now a days we have a new family tradition of heading up to my cousins cabin outside Plain, Washington (yes, that’s it’s real name) to join a bunch of other cousins for a holiday weekend. We’d be guaranteed at least a trace of snow while we were there. It’s one of the greatest highlights of the year.
Sadly, that isn’t possible this year. We’re all doing our part to make sure that ‘when we are all able to get back together, that no one is missing.’ So, we’re down sizing the holidays and making the best of Zoom.
This turkey breast recipe is unbelievably easy. You’ll want to combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring it to a medium boil. Allow it to boil for 5 minutes in order to condense.
Place your turkey breast in a small roasting pan. Thoroughly baste with the glaze. I like to use about half the glaze now and save the rest for an occasional basting later and right as I am start to brown the breast. Now is a good time to add root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, or sweet potatoes. Cover you roast pan and place it in the oven to roast. It will only take a half an hour or so.
That’s it. Quick, easy, and flavorful for any weeknight or holiday dinner. This Brown Sugar and Bourbon Roasted Turkey Breast is something you can make anytime. But for right now, it might just be the perfect size for your holiday dinner. Next year, let’s hope I’m posting the full turkey version.
Brown Sugar and Bourbon Roasted Turkey BreastCourse: DinnerCuisine: Holiday MealsDifficulty: Easy
While I’m not changing my traditional Thanksgiving turkey recipe, I have down sized into this incredibly easy Brown Sugar and Bourbon Roasted Turkey Breast.
48 oz. Turkey Breast
1/2 cup Salted Butter
1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 T. Fresh Marjoram
1 T. Lemon Zest
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Coarse Black Pepper
1/2 cup Bourbon
- In a medium sauce pan, combine all the ingredients, but the turkey breast.
- Heat over medium and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Place the turkey breast in a small roasting pan.
- Using a basting brush, baste the turkey with about half the sauce.
- Cover and roast at 325 degrees for a total 30 minutes or until the internal temp is 165.
- After 20 minutes, remove the lid and baste with the remaining sauce and allow the breast to brown.
- Remove from the oven, cover and allow to rest for 10 minutes before caring.
6 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories269
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 10.75g 54%
- Cholesterol 167mg 56%
- Sodium 608mg 26%
- Potassium 673mg 20%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber .3g 2%
- Sugars 9.23g
- Protein 50.4g 101%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.