Monday, October 11, 2010

Pre-Holiday Turkey Teaser

What is your favorite holiday?  Well, my favorite is Thanksgiving.  I love being surrounded by family and sharing in delicious food and drinks together.  I love that it's a Pre-Christmas celebration and our heads aren't quite wrapped in the chaos of shopping yet.  And more than anything.. I love the way my Mom can cook a turkey.

I have much to learn about cooking this holiday dinner and will continue to observe our very-own Thanksgiving dinner expert.  My Mom has been cooking Thanksgiving for our family since the late 80's, I believe.  There were definitely our fair share of kitchen mishaps but, overall.. there is nothing that woman can't do in the kitchen.  I only hope that I can cook a turkey as good as her some day.

Since Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite dinner event of the year... I thought I would do a little pre-holiday main course.  This was the first time that I made this recipe and there will be a few changes along the way but, definitely a great effort thus far.

Cranberry Turkey Breasts
- 2 or 3 turkey boneless, skinless turkey breasts (I happen to get these on sale a couple weeks ago and kept it frozen)
- 1/4 cup whole canned cranberry
- 1/2 cup of Craisins
- 1/2 sweet onion thick sliced (I diced it and decided that didn't work out too well)
- 1 or 2 TBSP of Tarragon
- 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 TBSP honey
- Salt and Pepper

Place the turkey breasts into a roasting pan.  Cover in EVOO and season with salt and pepper.  Add the tarragon, onions and craisins.  Bake at 425 for 25 minutes.  In a separate dish, combine the balsamic vinegar, canned cranberry, 1 tbsp of EVOO, and honey.  Whisk until completely combined.  When the turkey is done baking.. pour the cranberry sauce over the top.  Serve and enjoy.



The only downside to baking this the first time and not using a roasting pan.. is that the onions and craisins did get a little burnt if they were on the side off the pan.  I would like to try a raspberry sauce that can be baked over the top of the turkey.  I will experiment with that one.

I paired the turkey with something simple... buttered pasta noodles.  What ever you decide for a side, I would recommend something simple in flavor.  We also enjoyed a glass of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay with this meal.

Happy Turkey Meal to you!

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