Monday, March 17, 2014

Apple Honey Brined Turkey Breast

You have to plan a day in advance to make this but it's well worth it.  I'm not sure that you would call this an official brine or a marinade since I did not go crazy on the salt but the apple flavor came through in the meat and it was very moist. You can use either oven bags to brine or a large pot.  I used my pasta pot and it worked well.






Apple Honey Brined Turkey Breast

3 cups apple cider
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup kosher salt
1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 turkey breast, preferably an all natural raised turkey

In a large saucepan or pot that you plan to use, combine the apple cider, honey, salt, crushed red pepper flakes and lemon juice.  Stir well and bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat and allow to cool down to room temperature.  Place the turkey breast in the pan or in the oven bag (I would use two because it's better than cleaning up a mess if one decides to leak).  If using oven bags,  place the turkey breast in their first and add the brine after. Cover the pot or seal the bags.  Place in refrigerator overnight.  Remove turkey breast from brine and place in a greased pan.  Bake covered at 325° until almost 170°.  Uncover, baste with 1 tbsp of softened butter and return to oven until it reaches 170°.