Brined & Roasted Turkey Breast

Gina Sprenkel


Don't roast a turkey only at Thanksgiving, purchase a turkey breast and have a lovely meal any time of the year! Brining the breast first makes a flavored, juicy turkey.

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13 Hr
2 Hr


1 c
coarse salt
1/2 c
5 lb
small apple
olive oil
coarse salt
fresh ground pepper
sage, dried


1The night before you want to roast your turkey, place clean turkey in large container or pot (I use the inside dish of a crock pot).
2In a large bowl, add salt, sugar and water (about 1-2 gallons, depending on the size of your turkey breast. You want to cover the turkey with the brine mixture.
3Stir the salt and sugar in the water until completely dissolved. Pour over the turkey, and refrigerate 12-14 hours.
4When you're ready to roast the turkey - Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
5Take out turkey, and drain the brine liquid.
6Cut the apple into quarters, and set them aside.
7Put turkey in roasting pan, on rack. Coat with olive oil outside the entire turkey. Sprinkle coarse salt, lots of fresh ground pepper, and sage -- everywhere (on top, sides, and in cavity.)
8Place the apples inside the cavity, and sit the turkey upright (breast on top).
9Bake as directed for your size of turkey (5 pounds = about 1 3/4 hours. Bake uncovered!
10When done, let it rest 10 minutes before carving. Tasty, juicy turkey!!
11If turkey isn't a beautiful brown, raise heat to 'broil' and broil about 10 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Turkey, Roasts
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #roast, #breast, #brine