This Roast Turkey Breast with Saucy Cranberry Sauce is your answer to stress free holiday and a great alternative to cooking a whole turkey.
This past weekend we had our Thanksgiving here in Canada and this is what I made. Let me tell you that cooking turkey breast is your answer to stress free holiday cooking. This recipe is perfect especially if you’re only cooking for a few people and don’t want to cook a whole turkey and end up with tons of leftovers that you have no idea what to do with.
With the holidays quickly approaching you want to make sure you have delicious and easy recipes, because when the big day comes we all need all the help we can get. The beauty of the roast turkey recipe is that you can also make it in a crockpot, so check out the Notes section of the recipe for crockpot instructions. I love the idea of making this in a crockpot because it frees up your oven, and you know you’ll be needing it as much as possible on Thanksgiving day.
Besides the simplicity of this recipe, I really love this cranberry sauce, it’s sweet but tangy and well the obvious reason is that it pairs magnificently with this turkey breast. As far as the turkey breast goes, I’d recommend going with a breast with the skin on for a bit more flavor but skinless works just as well, not to mention it will be a bit healthier. You’ll need about 4 lb of turkey breast here, mine came in two pieces, but sometimes you can find a whole piece and it may have the bone in too, which is fine.
I served mine with some roasted potatoes but you could pair it with green beans or mashed potatoes, whatever your favorite Thanksgiving sides are.
I don’t normally do table decorations, but I loved the idea of doing one for this dish because of the ingredients here, rosemary and cranberries! They are perfect for decorating.
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- 3 cups cranberries fresh or frozen
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup apple jelly
- 1/2 tsp five spice
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 4 lb turkey breast with skin
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 medium onions chopped
Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
* In a food processor add 2 cups of the cranberries, orange juice, apple jelly, five spice and cornstarch. Pulse a few times until smooth. Set aside.
Season the turkey breast with the rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper generously.
In a large skillet melt 2 tbsp of the butter. Add the turkey breast and brown on both sides until golden. Place the turkey in a roasting pan that's big enough for the breast. I used a 5 qt Dutch Oven.
In the same skillet melt the remaining 2 tbsp of the butter. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes until it starts to brown and becomes soft and translucent. Season the onion with salt and pepper.
Add the cranberry mixture to the skillet and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining 1 cup of cranberries.
Pour the cranberry sauce around the turkey breast, you can pour over the turkey breast too, but I like the turkey breasts to be nice and golden when done.
Place the roasting pan in the oven and bake for about 1 1/2 hours or until the internal temperature of the turkey breast is at 165 F degrees.
Remove the roasting pan from the oven, cover with aluminum foil and let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing the turkey.
Crockpot Alternative: Follow all the steps up to and including step 6, but instead of placing the turkey in a roasting pan, place it in a slow cooker and pour the sauce around it. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Check the internal temperature and make sure it's at 165 F degrees, otherwise cook it longer.
*If you do not have a food processor, just stir everything together in a sauce pan and cook it down for about 5 minutes until the cranberries soften a bit.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
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