Turkey is synonymous with Thanks Giving Day and all that comes with it; however, turkey need not be restricted to only Thanks Giving celebrations but can be a delicious meal for any occasion. Further more, rather than cooking an entire bird as is per usual for Thanks Giving, an easier and more practical alternative would be to cook turkey breasts. ?How to cook a turkey breast?? you may wonder. There are many ways on how to cook a turkey breasts and a few of them, the most common and the most basic, are discussed here.
Roast Turkey Breasts
If the turkey breasts have been refridgerated they should be brought down to room temperature. Clean the turkey breast and marinate as desired. The most basic of turkey marinades would require oil, salt and pepper; minced garlic and chopped herbs are also options. Place the breasts in a roasting pan. If the bird is lean, lay strips of salt, pork or bits of other fat on the breasts. Place in a slow oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit and allow forty to fifty minutes per pound. The breasts may be basted occasionally during cooking with drippings in the pan. A little water may be added if necessary. The prepared breasts may be served with Gilbet Sauce or Brown Sauce.
Other possible accompaniments to Roast Turkey Breasts are cranberry sauce, current jelly, grape jelly, apple jelly, chestnut stuffing, oyster stuffing, sausage stuffing or almost any vegetable.
White Fricassee of Turkey Breasts
* 2 pounds turkey breasts
* 1 cup milk or cream
* 2 beaten egg yolks
* 1 cup milk
* 2 tablespoons flour
* 2 tablespoons melted butter
* ½ teaspoon salt
Clean turkey breasts and stew till tender. Remove from liquid and boil the liquid until it has been reduced to 2 cups. Add the milk or cream. Make the white sauce by missing together the butter and milk over low flame and gradually add the flour, stirring it in and making sure not to leave lumps and finally adding the salt. Pour the white sauce over the egg yolks while beating the yolks. Season with salt, and pepper to taste. Place turkey breasts in the middle of a platter, surrounded with steamed rice or mashed potatoes and cover with the sauce. This yields 6 servings.
Tips on how to cook a Turkey Breast
When considering how to cook a turkey breast the best way possible here are a few tips that may help you on your culinary journey. When cleaning turkey breasts, it is best to rinse them with cold water. When cooking turkey breasts with skin, marinade should be applied under the skin so as to have the flavor properly penetrate the turkey breasts. When baking turkey breasts, wrapping the breasts in aluminum foil helps seal in the marinade, trapping it and optimizes the flavor of the meat.
Following the above mentioned recipes and techniques should leave you no doubt as to how to cook a turkey breast to the best that one could possibly make it. We hope that your ?how to cook a turkey breast? questions have been successfully answered here.