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Roasted Turkey Breast with Pearl Onions and Sage

Pretty pearl onions and pleasant sage
Roasted turkey breast with pearl onions and sage
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Hosting a smaller Thanksgiving? Go for a turkey breast that serves just enough for six plus some leftovers. 

This recipe by Alexandra Guarnaschelli appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

Ready in
1 h 45 m
15 m
(prepare time)
1 h 30 m
(cook time)
10
Servings
405
Calories Per Serving

Ingredients

  • 1 whole turkey breast, about 4 to 6 pounds
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 12 to 15 medium fresh sage leaves
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored, cut into 6 wedges each
  • 15 to 18 pearl onions, peeled
  • 1 head garlic, separated into individual cloves but not peeled
  • 1 small sprig fresh rosemary
  • Juice from 1/2 to 1 lemon

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Brush turkey breast with some of the melted butter.

Season with salt and red pepper flakes.

Tuck a few sage leaves under the skin.

Arrange the apples, pearl onions, garlic cloves, rosemary and remaining sage in the bottom of a roasting pan with a fitted rack.

Drizzle with remaining melted butter.

Arrange the turkey breast on the rack above the vegetables.

Roast until the pan juices are clear (meaning free of any traces of blood) or until the meat registers 155 to 160 in the thickest part of the breast on a thermometer, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Remove from the oven; allow to rest 15 minutes.

(The temperature will go up to a safe temperature, 165 degrees, while it rests.)

Serve, sliced, on a platter with the vegetables and drippings.

Squeeze the lemon juice over the meat just before serving.

Nutritional Facts
Servings10
Calories Per Serving405
Total Fat19g30%
Sugar5gN/A
Saturated7g35%
Cholesterol145mg48%
Protein46g91%
Carbs10g3%
Vitamin A50µg6%
Vitamin B120.9µg36.1%
Vitamin B61mg87%
Vitamin C6mg7%
Vitamin E0.3mg2.1%
Vitamin K25µg21%
Calcium69mg7%
Fiber2g9%
Folate (food)25µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)24µg6%
Iron3mg17%
Magnesium61mg15%
Monounsaturated7gN/A
Niacin (B3)11mg68%
Phosphorus402mg57%
Polyunsaturated4gN/A
Potassium685mg15%
Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg20.3%
Sodium356mg15%
Thiamin (B1)0.2mg13.2%
Trans0.2gN/A
Water203gN/A
Zinc3mg31%