I was lucky enough to travel back to my home town in Oklahoma to spend Christmas with my family this year.
We had a wonderful time and even got a little snow!
My good friend Michael and adopted member of our family had this amazing apron custom-made for me!
It definitely got me excited to go in the kitchen and prepare our Christmas feast, which included this delicious Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast!!
I made this dish on Thanksgiving a couple of years ago along side my Herb Crusted Turkey Breast and my Mom loved it so much that she specifically requested it for Christmas dinner!
Although you do have to brine it the night before, it’s still super simple to make and only takes about 30 minutes of actual work time to prepare the brine, rub the turkey and make the glaze!
- 8 cups water
- 1 cup white wine
- 1 cup orange juice
- ½ cup kosher salt
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp ginger
- 1 tbsp peppercorns
- 4 bay leaves
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 3-4 lb. boneless turkey breast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp thyme
Ingredients (cranberry glaze)
- 12 oz cranberries
- ¼ cup chopped ginger
- 2 tsp orange zest
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup orange flavor liqueur
Combine all of the brining ingredients in a large container, then place the turkey breast in the brine and place into the refrigerator overnight.
Remove the turkey in the morning and pat dry, then brush with olive oil.
Next, combine the spice rub in a small bowl.
Rub the spices over the turkey and place in a baking dish. Roast the turkey in a 375° oven for one hour.
In the meantime, prepare the cranberry glaze by combining all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Wait for the cranberries to begin bursting, then stir well and allow the glaze to simmer over low heat for an additional 5-10 minutes.
Strain the glaze with a mesh strainer.
Glaze the turkey breast with a basting brush using the strained cranberry glaze.
Serve the strained cranberries on the side as a cranberry sauce for guests to top their turkey with, if so desired!
Place on a platter with a sprig of thyme and a few whole cranberries for a beautifully presented dish!
This turkey is so flavorful, moist and scrumptious!
Hope everyone had a delicious, fun, happy and memorable holiday season!
Thanks to Emeril Lagasse on Food Network for the original inspiration for this recipe!
♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.