Brining helps keep the turkey moist. I used this recipe when I didn't have time to cook a whole turkey for Thanksgiving....back when I worked retail! Still able to provide a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner and get to work on time! Prep time does not include brining time.
1Brine: Combine the brine ingredients in a large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Let cool completely. Add the turkey to the brine, cover and chill 4 hours.
2Turkey: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the turkey from the brine; discard the brine. Rinse the turkey and pat dry. Loosen the skin from the breast by inserting your fingers, gently pushing between the skin and meat. rub 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper under the loosened skin. Place on a roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Bake the turkey for 45 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160 degrees. Remove from the oven; cover loosely with foil. Let stand 15 minutes. Remove the skin and discard. (unless you are a skin lover!)
3Gravy: Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and saute for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and saute for 6 minutes or until ightly browned. Add the broth; bring to a boil and cook until reduced to 2 cups (about 20 minutes).
Combine the flour and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Stir the flour mixture into the mushroom mixture; simmer 3 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently with a whisk. Remove from the heat, and stir in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir in the parsley and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Serve the gravy with the sliced turkey breast.