Thursday, February 10, 2011

Just a simple meal...

On Sunday evening, for a small group from church, we prepared a simple meal: herb-basted turkey breast, green beans and peapods, and mashed potatoes. Here's the recipe for the turkey breast, from Cooking with the Bible. It's simple to prepare and would make a wonderful entree for your "Oscar"/Academy Awards party.

1 large turkey breast
2 bay leaves
½ stick butter
1 cup apple cider
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. onion salt
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. dried sage
1 tsp. dried sumac
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. dried basil
whole cranberries or crab apple jelly

orange slices

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Wash the turkey breast and pat dry; then place in a shallow roasting pan (breast side up) on top of two sheets of aluminum foil placed perpendicular to each other so that the pan is completely covered and there is enough foil left to lift the bird from the pan when holding all ends. Slip a bay leaf under the breast at the north and south of the bird.

Melt the butter and pour it over the breast. Mix the apple cider and garlic in a small measuring cup and pour evenly over the bird. Combine the spices and dried herbs in a small bowl, mix thoroughly, and then sprinkle them over the turkey as well.

Bake uncovered for 2½–3 hours, basting the turkey occasionally from its own juices. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with whole cranberries or crab apple jelly on the side, or garnish with orange slices.

Yield: 6–8 servings

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