Brined Turkey Breast with Olive Oil and Herbs

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the turkey is traditionally considered the star of the show on most holiday tables. 

Are you a white meat person or dark meat person? Admittedly, I’m a dark meat person. But that changed after I got a taste of this Brined Turkey Breast with Olive Oil and Herbs. It was so incredibly juicy. And melt-in-your-mouth tender!

So how did this turkey breast get so tender and juicy? Two reasons:

1. A simple brining process
2. An herb and olive oil mixture that gets rubbed all over before it bakes.

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Ingredients

  • 4–5 lb boneless turkey breast
  • 8–10 cups water
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 small shallot, peeled
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 4 large fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ cup Hiç Premium Turkish Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • For garnish: kumquats, a pomegranate (cut into eighths), fresh herbs (sage, thyme, parsley)

Instructions

Wednesday morning

  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add the salt. Stir to dissolve. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the turkey breast in a large bowl. Add 6 cups of water. Pour in the cooled salted water. Add additional water to cover, if necessary. Refrigerate for 10–12 hours (but no more).

Wednesday evening

  • Remove the turkey breast from the brine and pat dry. Place on a small sheet pan fitted with a baking rack. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours (or up to 24) to dry out the surface (this will create a nice brown crust).

Thursday

  • Heat oven to 425°F. Place the garlic, shallot, parsley, sage, and thyme in a food processor. Pulse until finely ground. Add olive oil and pulse until combined.
  • Spoon half of the mixture over the turkey and rub it in with clean hands.
  • Place the turkey breast (still on the sheet pan/baking rack) into the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven to 375°F.
  • Pour the remaining olive oil mixture over the top and bake for an additional 45–75 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the turkey breast reads 160°F.
  • Remove from the oven. The temperature will rise to 165°F as it sits. Let sit for 15 minutes before slicing.
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