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Cider-Brined Turkey Breast

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Cider-Brined Turkey Breast
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 14 hr 35 min
  • Servings 10
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Apple cider brine makes turkey breast succulent and flavorful. This roast recipe is perfect for a Christmas dinner.

Ingredients

1/2
gallon apple cider (64 oz)
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1/2
cup kosher (coarse) salt
3
sprigs fresh thyme
1/4
cup fresh sage leaves
1
teaspoon black peppercorns
1
teaspoon whole allspice
2
dried bay leaves
1
bone-in whole turkey breast (5 to 6 lb), thawed if frozen
1/2
cup real maple syrup
1/4
cup butter or margarine

Directions

  • 1 Reserve 1 cup of the apple cider; cover and refrigerate. In 6-quart container or stockpot, mix remaining cider, the brown sugar, salt, 3 thyme sprigs, the sage, peppercorns, allspice and bay leaves; stir until salt is dissolved. Add turkey breast. Cover; refrigerate at least 12 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 2 Heat oven to 325°F. Remove turkey from brine; discard brine. Rinse turkey thoroughly under cool running water and pat dry.
  • 3 Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in large shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of breast and does not touch bone. Roast uncovered 1 hour.
  • 4 In 1-quart saucepan, heat reserved 1 cup apple cider to boiling; cook 10 minutes or until reduced by half. Reduce heat to medium. Add syrup and butter; cook until butter is melted and mixture is hot.
  • 5 Brush turkey with about 1/3 cup of the cider mixture. Roast uncovered about 1 hour longer or until thermometer reads 165°F, brushing generously with pan juices and remaining cider mixture every 15 minutes. Cover turkey loosely with foil to prevent excessive browning, if necessary. Place turkey on warm platter; cover with foil. Let stand 15 minutes for easier carving.
Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
340
Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
0%
(
Saturated Fat
6g
0%
)
Sodium
760mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
9g
0%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
)
Protein
49g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 7 Very Lean Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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