Orange-cranberry glazed turkey breast

6
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
55 min
Serves
8
Difficulty
Easy
Cooking the turkey in cranberry sauce keeps it moist and tender. You can vary the sauce by subbing jalapenos for the ginger or adding 3 or 4 whole cloves instead. Keep in mind that whenever you roast turkey, it's best to use an instant-read meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat, which should be a minimum of 165°F. Insert the thermometer's probe into the thickest part of the meat (without touching bone if there is any) and hold the probe there a few seconds until the temperature stabilizes. You'll get it right every time.

Ingredients

fresh cranberries

2 cup(s), washed and picked through

ginger root

1½ tsp, fresh, minced, or to taste

packed brown sugar

cup(s), dark-variety

cranberry juice cocktail

½ cup(s), divided

Dijon mustard

2 tsp, or less to taste

orange marmalade

½ cup(s)

uncooked boneless skinless turkey breast

2 pound(s), use a whole 2 lb breast

table salt

1 tsp

black pepper

½ tsp, freshly ground

fresh orange juice

½ cup(s), divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine cranberries, ginger, sugar and 1/4 cup cranberry juice; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes; remove from heat. Add mustard and marmalade; stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Rub turkey all over with salt and pepper; place in a roasting pan top-side down (the side where the skin would have been). Spread half of cranberry sauce over turkey; pour 1/4 cup orange juice and 2 tablespoons cranberry juice around turkey in bottom of pan. Roast, uncovered, basting once, 25 minutes.
  4. Flip turkey and spread with remaining cranberry sauce. Pour remaining 1/4 cup orange juice and remaining 2 tablespoons cranberry juice in bottom of pan. Roast, basting once, until turkey is cooked through and sauce on bottom of pan has thickened, about 20 minutes.* Remove turkey to a cutting board; loosely cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, scrape sauce out of bottom of pan; place in a serving bowl. Slice turkey and serve with sauce spooned over top. Yields about 3 ounces turkey and 1 tablespoon sauce per serving.

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