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Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

Turkey is brined in white wine, rubbed with spices, roasted in the oven, then glazed with cranberry sauce in this cranberry glazed turkey breast recipe.

Cranberry Turkey Breast

I was lucky enough to travel back to my home town in Oklahoma to spend Christmas with my family this year.

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We had a wonderful time and even got a little snow!

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My good friend Michael and adopted member of our family had this amazing apron custom-made for me!

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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!

Turkey Breast Brining Ingredients

Ingredients (brine)

  • 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

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Ingredients (rub)

  • 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

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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.

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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.

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Strain the glaze with a mesh strainer.

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Glaze the turkey breast with a basting brush using the strained cranberry glaze.

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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!

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

This Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast is so flavorful, moist and scrumptious!

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

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.

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

Cook Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 6-8

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

Ingredients

    Brine
  • 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
  • Rub
  • 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
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the brining ingredients in a large container, then place the turkey breast in the brine and place into the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Remove the turkey in the morning and pat dry, then brush with olive oil.
  3. Combine the spice rub in a small bowl.
  4. Rub the spices over the turkey and place in a baking dish.
  5. Roast the turkey in a 375° oven for one hour.
  6. Prepare the cranberry glaze by combining all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
  7. 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.
  8. Strain the glaze with a mesh strainer.
  9. Glaze the turkey breast with a basting brush using the strained cranberry glaze.
  10. Serve the strained cranberries on the side as a cranberry sauce for guests to top their turkey with.
  11. Place on a platter with a sprig of thyme and a few whole cranberries.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/01/02/whats-for-dinner-cranberry-glazed-turkey-breast/

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast Recipe

This post has the greatest time-lag in the history of the LLB.  This is actually the turkey breast that I made for THANKSGIVING, but I got so busy during the month of December that I never posted the recipe!  It was so amazingly delicious though that I couldn’t sit by and not share it with you at all!

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast

Even though this was my Thanksgiving turkey, this could easily be made for dinner any time of the year!  The Potato and Celery Root Mash Topped with Roasted Sunchokes or the Twice-Baked Rosemary Blue Cheese Potatoes would be a great accompaniment to this main dish! The dish was originally adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe and was chosen because of its limited cook and prep time!  An hour out the door and you’ve got a delicious roasted turkey breast!

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 3 lb turkey breast
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 fresh sage leaves
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 6 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs

Preheat the oven to 425°. Line a pan with foil or oil a roasting pan. Place the turkey in the pan and slide one sage leaves, bay leaf and rosemary sprig under the skin of the turkey, place another sage leaf, bay leaf and rosemary sprig under the breast. The heat will rise through the pan and release the flavors of the herbs up into the turkey breast.

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast Recipe

Next, place the onion and lemon zest into a food processor and chop. Then add 2 sage leaves, the parsley, olive oil and salt to the mixture.

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast Recipe

Pulse until the mixture becomes a paste.

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast Recipe

Next, rub half of the paste mixture under the skin of the turkey breast and the other half on top and around the sides of the breast.

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast Recipe

Looks messy, but comes out delicious!!

Now place in the oven for 20 minutes.  Remove the breast and baste with an additional 3 tbsp of olive oil.  Place back inside the oven and cook for an additional 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer placed inside the thickest part of the breast registers at 170°.

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast Recipe

Transfer the breast to a cutting board for carving. Let rest for 10-15 minutes then carve into slices.

Herb Crusted Turkey

This turkey was the perfect main dish for my Thanksgiving feast with friends!

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There’s the turkey, in the righthand corner, about to be dominated by a hungry pack of pretty girls!! I love this picture because Gabby looks like she totally just got caught taking all the cranberry sauce!!

Herb Crusted Turkey

I would imagine this turkey would make great leftover sandwiches but I can’t tell you first hand because after these girls got a hold of it, there was nothing “left-over”!!!

Herb Crusted Turkey

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 4-6

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast

Ingredients

  • 3 lb turkey breast
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 fresh sage leaves
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 6 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  2. Line a pan with foil or oil a roasting pan.
  3. Place the turkey in the pan and slide one sage leaf, bay leaf and rosemary sprig under the skin of the turkey, place another sage leaf, bay leaf and rosemary sprig under the breast.
  4. Place the onion and lemon zest into a food processor and pulse.
  5. Add 2 sage leaves, parsley, olive oil and salt to the mixture.
  6. Pulse until the mixture becomes a paste.
  7. Rub half of the paste mixture under the skin of the turkey breast and the other half on top and around the sides of the breast.
  8. Place in the oven for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove the breast and baste with an additional 3 tbsp of olive oil.
  10. Place back inside the oven and cook for an additional 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer placed inside the thickest part of the breast registers at 170°.
  11. Transfer the breast to a cutting board for carving.
  12. Let rest for 10-15 minutes then carve into slices.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/03/07/whats-for-dinner-herb-crusted-turkey-breast/