Orange and Rosemary Roasted Turkey Breast

Entertaining, Holiday, Poultry | November 17, 2015 | By

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This roasted turkey breast is super easy and tastes amazing with the orange and rosemary mixture roasted under the skin.  Starting the turkey off at a higher temperature ensures that the skin is crisp and then lowering the temperature to keep the meat moist results in the perfect main course for your Thanksgiving.  

Sometimes you just don’t want or need a whole turkey so roasting a turkey breast is the perfect option.  A turkey breast is perfect for a small gathering or just for the two of you.  You’ll have left-overs but who doesn’t want that?  I know I love the left-overs!  It seems I enjoy it more the next day anyway.  Maybe because all of the frenzy of cooking a big meal is over and you can just relax!   

The first thing you’ll do is mix together the butter, garlic, rosemary, orange zest, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in a bowl. 

Orange Rosemary Butter Mixture

Next you’ll carefully separate the skin from the turkey meat by sliding your hand in between the skin and breast and working your way up to the breast bone.  It seems weird at first if you’ve never done it but hang in there…it’s easy!  Once you’ve done that you will work half of the softened butter-herb mixture under one half of the turkey breast, repeating the process on the other side of the turkey breast. 

How to get herbs under the skin of the turkey breast

Using your hands again, gently rub the turkey skin to evenly distribute butter over the entire breast.  Basically you’re smoothing out all that butter and herb mixture so it’s evenly distributed under the skin.  

Place the turkey in a V-rack sprayed with cooking spray and set it inside a large roasting pan.  Pour one cup of water into the roasting pan.  

Raw Turkey in Pan

Roast the turkey for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Continue roasting turkey until the thickest part of breast registers 160 degrees on instant-read thermometer, about 1 hour longer. Transfer turkey to carving board and let rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Turkey Breast with Rosemary and Orange

 

Orange and Rosemary Roasted Turkey Breast
Serves 6
An easy turkey breast roasted with orange and rosemary is the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner for a small group or just the two of you.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  2. 3 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
  3. 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  4. 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  5. ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  6. ¾ teaspoon table salt
  7. ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  8. 1 whole turkey breast (6 to 7 pounds), bone-in and skin-on, trimmed of excess fat and patted dry with paper towels
  9. 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix butter, garlic, rosemary, orange zest, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Carefully separate turkey skin from meat over breast; avoid breaking the skin.
  2. Work the butter mixture under skin on both sides of breast and rub skin of turkey to evenly distribute butter over breast. Spray V-rack with nonstick cooking spray and set inside large roasting pan. Place turkey in rack with skin side facing up; pour water into roasting pan.
  3. Roast turkey for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Continue to roast turkey until the thickest part of the breast registers 160 degrees on instant-read thermometer, about 1 hour longer. Transfer turkey to carving board and let rest for 20 minutes. Carve and serve.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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Cranberry Cherry Ribbon Cookies

Cookies and Bars, Dessert | December 18, 2014 | By

So, I got an early Christmas present from my in-laws!  A new Lowel Ego light for taking photos after dark!  I’m pretty excited about it and this post is my first attempt at photographing with this light.  I like how they turned out.  It’s a very different feel for me, some of the photos have a Chiaroscuro feel to them.  I can’t wait to experiment more with this light after the holidays! 

Cranberry-Cherry Ribbon Cookies on marble board

Back to the cookies.  You need to try these fun to make cookies!  I got this recipe from a book I bought several years ago called The All American Cookie Book by Nancy Baggett.  This book has been one of my favorites and I have a TON of cookbooks!  Her recipes are all perfect, you seriously can’t go wrong whatever you choose to bake from it and her photos are gorgeous, but what I love the most is the history of each recipe and where it comes from.  She also has the most entertaining excerpts from very old cookbooks when they were using wood burning stoves to get their baking done!  For instance some of the kitchen wisdom that comes from Estelle Woods Wilcox from the book Buckeye Cookery and Practical Housekeeping, 1880 is this; “Many test their ovens in this way: if the hand can be held in the oven from twenty to thirty-five seconds (while counting twenty or thirty-five), it is a ‘quick’ oven, from thirty-five to forty-five seconds is ‘moderate,’ and for forty-five to sixty seconds is ‘slow.’ ”  Can you imagine cooking like that?!  I LOVE little glimpses into the past like this though! 

Cranberry-Cherry Ribbon Cookies with spoon

This recipe involves placing alternating layers of cranberry-cherry filling and vanilla dough in a loaf pan and freezing the stack until firm.  The frozen loaf is cut crosswise into three long blocks, which are than cut lengthwise into pretty red and white striped ribbons and then baked. 

Cranberry-Cherry Ribbons Cookies

 These cookies have a great chewy-crispy texture and an exceptional fruit flavor and keep very well.  The tart-sweet flavors are perfect together! 

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Cranberry Cherry Ribbon Cookies
Yields 50
A delicious tart-sweet icebox cookie that you layer in a loaf pan for perfect ribbon-like cookies.
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Cranberry-Cherry Filling
  1. Generous 3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  2. Generous 1/3 cup cherry jam or preserves
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  4. 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
Dough
  1. 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose white flour
  2. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  5. 1 stick plus 2 2/3 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
  6. 1 large egg
  7. 2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
For The Filling
  1. In a food processor, process the cranberries, jam or preserves, and sugar until coarsely pureed.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a small, heavy saucepan.
  3. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until it just comes to a boil; immediately remove from the heat.
  4. Let stand until cooled slightly.
  5. Stir in the almond extract.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until well chilled, or freeze for 30 minutes to speed chilling. (The filling may be refrigerated for up to 4 days; return to room temperature and stir before using.)
For The Dough
  1. In a medium bowl, thoroughly stir together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the sugar and butter until well blended and smooth.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract and beat until well blended.
  4. Beat or stir in the flour mixture just until evenly incorporated. Let the dough stand for 10 minutes, or until firmed up slightly.
  5. Line a 4 x 8 inch loaf pan with aluminum foil, letting the foil overhang the long sides by about 3 inches; this will keep the plastic wrap surrounding the dough from sticking to the pan. On top of the foil, line the pan with two long sheets of plastic wrap laid crosswise, overlapping in the middle and overhanging the longer sides by about 4 inches.
  6. Divide the dough into quarters. Working on a large sheet of wax paper, roughly pat each portion into the pan bottom, forming a smooth, even layer.
  7. Using a rubber spatula (or your fingers 🙂 ) spread 1/3 of the filling over the dough in the pan; the filling may seem stiff but spread it as evenly as possible. Repeat the layers using all four dough portions and filling.
  8. Fold the plastic wrap over the dough. Freeze until the loaf is cold and very firm, at least 1 1/2 hours and preferably longer. The dough can be transferred to an airtight plastic bag and frozen for up to 1 month.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease several baking sheets or coat with non-stick spray.
  10. Carefully peel the plastic wrap from the loaf. Using a large, sharp knife carefully cut the loaf cross-wise into thirds. Working with one block at a time keeping the others refrigerated, cut each third into 1/4 inch thick slices; wiping the kife clean between cuts if needed. Using a spatula, carefully transfer the slices to the baking sheets, placing them cut side up about 2 inches apart.
  11. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time in the upper third of the oven for 9 to 14 mintues, or until just slightly darker at the edges. Reverse the sheet from front to back halfway through baking to ensure even browning. Using a spatula, immediately transfer the cookies to wire racks. Let stand until completely cooled.
Notes
  1. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.
Adapted from The All American Cookie Book
Adapted from The All American Cookie Book
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Fruitcake Cookies

Cookies and Bars, Dessert | December 12, 2014 | By

I first made these cookies for my Dad’s 80th birthday celebration.  We did a 1930’s theme and I wanted to make a few things that people were eating in the ’30’s and fruitcake was on the list.  Since we were having a lot of people over I decided that fruitcake cookies would go further and be easier to serve. 

Fruitcake cookies

I’ll be honest, I don’t like fruitcake.  Not even a little bit.  I was hesitant to even bake these but I figured someone might like them…well…that someone turned out to be me!  I LOVE these cookies!  You seriously cannot eat just one!  They are very different than my last recipe that I posted, the ooey-gooey Mississippi Mud Brownies, in that they are a more refined cookie…if a cookie can be refined.  They are seriously these elegant little lightly sweetened and spiced cookies perfectly studded with fruit, nuts, and a hint of sherry and are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. 

Fruitcake Cookies

The really do feel like Christmas on a plate!  I seriously challenge you.  If you don’t like fruitcake, try these, see what you think.  I bet you can’t just eat one! 

Fruitcake Cookies

Here are a few pics from that party I thought I’d share just for fun! 🙂  I <3 my Dad!

Top left to right- Dad, Yes, I have a big mouth, 1930's candy, the cigarette candy was a big hit! Bottom left to right-Guests with 1930's clothing, kids loved the homemade photobooth, Mom

Top left to right- Dad, Yes, I have a big mouth, 1930’s candy, the cigarette candy was a big hit! Bottom left to right-Guests with 1930’s clothing, kids loved the homemade photobooth, my pretty Mom

 

 

Fruitcake Cookies
Yields 60
Subtly sweetened and spiced cookies studded with fruit and nuts and even a hint of dry sherry. Even if you don't like fruitcake, you will love these!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
14 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
14 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound of candied fruit (I used Paradise Old English Fruit and Peel Mix, if you can only find the larger candied fruit you will need to chop them into smaller bits.)
  2. 1 tablespoon honey
  3. 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  4. 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  5. 6 ounces chopped pecans
  6. Kosher salt
  7. 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  9. 1/2 cup superfine sugar (just whirl granulated sugar in a food processor or blender to make superfine sugar)
  10. 1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  11. 1 extra-large egg
  12. 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Combine candied fruit, honey, sherry, lemon juice, pecans, and a pinch of salt. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight at room temperature.
  2. Using a mixer, cream the butter, cloves, superfine sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the egg and mix until incorporated.
  3. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt just until combined. Don't over mix. Add the fruits and nuts, including any liquid in the bowl.
  4. Divide the dough in half and place each half on the long edge of a 12 by 18-inch piece of waxed paper. Roll each half into a log, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4-inch thick, making an 18-inch-long roll. Refrigerate the dough for several hours, or until firm.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Slice the logs into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place the slices 1/2-inch apart on ungreased sheet pans and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly golden
Notes
  1. Don't forget to start these a day before you need them as they need to sit in the dry sherry mixture.
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Sweet Potato and Turnip Gratin

Dinner, Entertaining, Holiday | November 23, 2014 | By

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If you still haven’t finished up your menu for Thanksgiving or you’re supposed to bring a side and you haven’t decided what to bring yet, this one is perfect!  Sweet potatoes are classic Thanksgiving fare but this recipe adds earthy turnips to the mix which is unexpected but oh so good!  The addition of Gruyère cheese and white wine elevate it to special occasion status but it’s easy enough to make anytime! 

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Take care to slice the sweet potatoes and turnips no more than 1/4 inch thick.  I tried my mandoline but found the slices were way to thin so I used a sharp knife instead.  Be sure to salt and pepper and add flour to each layer.  Gently pour over the chicken broth and wine, cover with foil and bake.  Add the cheese after the potatoes are tender and brown in the oven, it’s that simple!  If you’re feeding more than six  you may want to double this recipe and bake it in a 13 x 9 pan.  You will definitely want to taste the potatoes to make sure they are tender before adding the cheese.  I needed a full hour in the oven to get mine tender. 

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If you make this, let me know what you thought!  Tom taste-tested this for me about a half hour ago…he’s now sleeping!  He taste-tested A LOT of it so I think that means he liked it! 🙂

Sweet Potato and Turnip Gratin
Serves 6
Sweet potatoes and earthy turnips are perfect partners in this festive side dish. Gruyere cheese and white wine elevate it to special occasion status.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pounds turnips (about 3 medium), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  2. Salt and ground pepper
  3. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 1 pound sweet potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  5. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  6. 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  7. 1/4 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  8. 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese (4 ounces)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In an 8-inch square baking dish, arrange a single layer of turnips and sweet potatoes, overlapping slightly.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with one-third of the flour.
  4. Repeat to make three more layers, sprinkling with salt, pepper, and flour between layers.
  5. Dot top layer with butter, then slowly pour broth and wine into dish, keeping layers intact.
  6. Cover with foil and bake until vegetables are tender when pierced with a knife, 45 minutes to an hour, taste to be sure the potatoes and turnips are tender before adding the cheese.
  7. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees.
  8. Remove foil and sprinkle cheese over dish.
  9. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbling, 12 to 15 minutes.
  10. Let gratin sit 10 minutes before serving.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Adapted from Martha Stewart
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