Let’s talk turkey! First of all, it is not as easy as one might think to “get over” the flu. Either that, or once a person is over 40, they don’t recover the way “they used to”!
So, it’s definitely taken me awhile to get my energy back. The hubs and kids started saying things about how much they missed home cooked meals. Apparently, having cold cereal for supper is only fun for the first 2-3 days. After that, it loses its appeal. Hmmmm. I will have to remind them of this at some point in the future, I’m sure.
I had purchased a large turkey breast several days ago. It was between 9 and 10 pounds, so it took a few days in the refrigerator to thaw. I decided that I would put it in late Friday afternoon to cook for Friday dinner. I hadn’t counted on it still being rather frozen in the center, so that added to the cooking time.
I have cooked many turkeys in my lifetime. I have to admit that I am not the BEST turkey cooker in the world. Cooking a turkey in the oven doesn’t really require too much effort to be good. I’ve seen Martha Stewart place fresh herbs under the skin in an intricate pattern, becoming a beautiful pattern under the crisp golden skin. I am not Martha Stewart. I mixed some black pepper and dried thyme with a pinch of sage. I loosened the skin just a touch so that I could rub the spice mixture under the skin over the breast. I put some Kosher salt in the cavity. Usually I rub olive oil or butter on the breast to brown it nicely. Instead, I rubbed coconut oil on the breast and covered with aluminum foil.
Due to the frozen nature of the inside, it really took 30-45 minutes longer than I had planned or anticipated. During cooking time, I basted the breast just a couple of times. In the last 30 minutes I removed the aluminum foil so that it would brown nicely.
I chose to make “Crash Hot Potatoes” again (from the Pioneer Woman) and some green peas.
The hubs was excited to eat the turkey breast before it was even done. The house smelled amazing. He was doubly excited, as we had been out of town on Thanksgiving and did not get a “turkey dinner” this year.
I made up the plates and brought them to the table. The hubs was impressed with the turkey breast. He informed me that there’s really no need to be whole turkeys anymore. This is just fine. No need for the legs and thighs, or wings, or …
I’m glad he enjoyed it. Daughter number 4 had 3 servings of turkey. She enjoyed it so much she told my mother about it over breakfast this morning! You know it’s good when they tell people!
So, I guess the only things that I would suggest when making a turkey in the oven is to use coconut oil. That’s the only thing that I did differently than I have done before. It really was a good turkey. Now I’m looking forward to sandwiches with the leftovers!