Turkey Breast with Gravy

Total Time:
7 hr 50 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
4 hr 30 min
Cook:
3 hr

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Turkey:
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 (6 to 7) pound turkey breast, on the bone
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Gravy:
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 sprig rosemary, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 sprig thyme leaves, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Directions

Heat the water, salt, and sugar in a large soup pot over high heat, stirring, until the salt and sugar has dissolved. Cool to room temperature then submerge the turkey breast in the brine. Refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours.

Remove the turkey from the brine and discard the brine. Pat the turkey breast dry and set aside. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Brush the turkey breast all over with the butter. Season generously all over with salt and pepper. Put the turkey breast side up in a roasting pan. Roast for 2 to 2 hours and 45 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 170 or 175 degrees F. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and tent loosely with foil for 30 minutes. (The breast temperature will continue to rise to 180 degrees F as it rests.)

Pour any pan drippings into a degreasing cup or small bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the fat discarding the rest and add the separated juices to the stock. Add the reserved fat to the roasting pan and place on a burner over medium-high heat. Add the shallot, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and bay leaf, season with salt and pepper. Cook until shallot is tender, about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, make a paste with the butter and flour in a small bowl, set aside. Add the broth and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil and whisk in the flour mixture. Boil until sauce thickens to make a gravy, about 4 to 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning, to taste. Remove and discard the garlic and bay leaf. Serve.

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EXCELLENT!! First time making it AND it won't be my last!! My daughter-in-law asked me if I had brined the turkey (which until I had found this recipe didn't even know what brining a turkey was). I asked her how she knew, she stated because the turkey breast was so tender and juicy. I can't get enough of the gravy, so, so tasty. I'm very thankful I came across this recipe when I googled how to make gravey from a turkey breast. :) Happy Holidays and Enjoy to ALL! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great simple recipe. Just baste with butter while roasting or put cheesecloth over breast and baste occasionaly so breast will brown nicely. item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent simple recipe to follow. it was juicy and tender. my family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First timing brining and the turkey was surprisingly moist and tender. Very simple recipe to follow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried this recipe for the first time on Thanksgiving. It was very simple, and it is something that even a first time cook can prepare. I'd have to say that it was a winner, my family loved it. It's definately the new go-to recipe for the holidays. Thanks Food Network! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This review is ONLY on the gravy. The gravy turned out great but I did have to add about a teaspoon of corn starch to get it to thicken because the flour wasn't enough. It was a little salty though so be SURE to use low sodium chicken broth! The grocery store was out of the low sodium one so I used the regular one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have brined whole turkeys before, but didn't know I could do just the breast. It turned out great! And the gravy was so easy to do. I admit that I forgot to remove the garlic at the end, but it was still very tasty and easier than some recipes. I will very likely make this again for other family gatherings! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe couldn't be easier to make, and the flavor of the gravy is FIVE STAR quality. This was my first time brining and what I liked about this brine was that it was very simple. Many brines call for ingredients that I can't find or will never use again. I've cooked some good turkeys in my time, but never had one as moist and juicy and flavorful as this one. EXCELLENT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe to be easy and the entire family thought it was absolutely the best turkey they had ever eaten. We normally order a turkey from a smokehouse and pay a small fortune, and this was far better!!! GREAT TURKEY! We plan to use this recipe from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super delicious and very easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will be brining all of my poultry this way, the meat was tender as can be. Thanks Miss Paula. You saved me on my first Turkey Breast ever. Larry, Denver item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoyed using this easy recipe to prepare my turkey for thanksgiving dinner. It turned out nicely and was very tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
amazing item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't salt any food, and while my other family members liked this turkey (especially the kids!), my husband and I both thought it was too salty. I want to make it again, but I'm not sure what to do to fix this issue. Should I cut back the salt, the time, or both?? I made a 7 lb. turkey breast and soaked it for 5 hours. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making Thanksgiving dinner for the last five years and this is by far my best turkey to date! So moist, so simple. Everyone raved. If you don't have fridge space (as most of us don't during the holidays) for the brining pot, place it outside in a safe place (like your garage or enclosed patio). Its rather cold here during the holidays and I found that to be a good solution for an overcrowded fridge. Only thing I changed in this recipes was to add lemon slices in the cavity - not too many though or it could affect your gravy outcome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my first experience with brining a turkey and I was very happy with the result. I usually cook a whole bird, but our numbers were few this year and so I decided on just a turkey breast. I was a little worried as most of my family actually prefer dark meat, but with this process the white meat was so moist and flavorful that I didn't get any complaints. I made the gravy ingredients, but followed my own method of making it since we prefer a little thicker gravy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I brined turkeys before (Alton Brown) but this version was simpler and just as good. The turkey was moist and the gravy is fantastic. I think an instant read thermometer made it easier. My Dad said I can make a Thanksgiving meal from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Turkey in brine is the way to go! I didn't have time to soak it for the whole 4-8 hours, so I just did it for 2 hours and it still came out great! Moist, flavorful, crispy and brown on the outside! I didn't make the gravy though, I made my own. I will for sure make this again! Actually, I volunteered to do Thanksgiving next year! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was fantastic and could not have been easier. The turkey was moist, flavorful and tender and the gravy was delicious. This is definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe for Thanksgiving the past two years, and am getting ready to do it again this year (next week). It makes the moistest turkey and the most flavorful gravy my family has ever tasted. I didn't change one single thing about the recipe. It is perfect just as it is. (And Tyler is just great...he knows good food!) item not reviewed by moderator and published
the best recipes my family loved this turkey its was great item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love tyler florence. he is one of my favorite's. he makes wonderful dishes, and very user friendly!, this one i will use for my thanksgiving day dinner. thanks tyler. love ya! oh, and enjoy your thanksgiving! item not reviewed by moderator and published
will make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best tasting, moist turkey I have ever tasted! The recipe is as easy as boiling water. We have it several times a year - not just at Thanksgiving. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I served this for our Christmas dinner and was told by our guests that it was the best turkey they had ever eaten. The turkey was incredibly moist and tender and the gravy was superb. This will be our new traditional recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been preparing turkey for Thanksgiving for 25 years. Some were good others not so good. This was by far the beast turkey I ever had. It was indeed very moist to include the leftovers for sandwiches. Rock on! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used a 3lb turkey breast and forgot to brine for just 4 hours. I brined for 6 hours and it was a tad bit too salty. But the meat is incredibly moist and delicious. It was a hit! Using a 3lb turkey, I cooked for 1.5-1.75 hours. This is my best experience with turkey and I believe brining does a lot of the work for you. The gravy took me a little longer to make and I wonder if it's because my stove is electric and not as powerful as a gas stove like most of the food network chefs use. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best Thanksgiving turkey i've ever had. The meat was moist, tender and flavorful. I will definitely try this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is superb - it made, hands-down, the best tasting turkey that I've ever had (and I've cooked a lot of 'em). I've done deep frying, marinating in various sauces overnite, etc, but never got the perfect look and taste of this recipe - it's a keeper. One note: I had to double the liquid/salt/sugar recipe since our breast was pretty large (> 8 lbs). The meat was a tad salty, and the gravy ended up being much too salty. I only brined for 4 hours in the fridge - I think I'll make sure to rinse well after brining and slightly lower the salt amount the next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the first time I made turkey from scratch - and it came out almost perfect. The turkey was moist all the way through. The only problem was the brine wasn't completely dissolved, so half the turkey was saltier than the other half. Still, I got many compliments from this recipe. (They all loved the gravy too!) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Our family tried this recipe the weekend after Thanksgiving with a 5-1/2 lb. turkey breast and have decided to do our turkey this way all the time. The meat and gravy was flavorful enough to not need extra seasoning and the leftovers made a great soup the next day. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best turkey we ever had! Falorable and moist. Very tasty gravy. I'll never make it any other way! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a winner. The breast was very moist and full of flavor. It was very easy to prepare. Careful not to oversalt the gravy as it has the brine from the turkey. Mine was a bit salty. Otherwise, it was terrific. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and the Turkey and Gravy were top notch - I got comments like "the best Turkey I've ever tasted". Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My wife and I have been making turkey for over twenty years for Thanksgiving. We heard Tyler and Jack tell the recipe on Sunday and decided to try it. It was the best, no doubt about it. We will do it again soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought the brine made the turkey so moist and the gravy was awesome. The shallots really helped the flavor a lot. I made this last year and my family loved it. Making it again this year. Thanks for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is awesome...it is the moistest turkey you will ever have! I've also tried it with a whole chicken, and it's just as good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasted OK, but a little too simple. I guess I should consider the source (How to Boil Water). Would have been better if the brine was a little more complex. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first attempt at a family Thanksgiving, and now I've been made the official cook for next year! Even the picky nine year old girls loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was very easy to make and for our small family it was great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Following the recipe to the letter, the results were PERFECT! I have recommended it to friends & family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have used several brining recipes over the years. This one has to be one of the favorites of my family. I have used it for roasting and for frying! I creates a wonderfully moist turkey! item not reviewed by moderator and published
easy and delicious...Made for thanksgiving 2005...Matthew and I loved it item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this recipe. It was easy to prepare. The gravy was outstanding and my son raved about it. I will definitely make it again and not just for Thanksgiving. Thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Thanksgiving this year, and it was a huge hit. The turkey was moist and delicious, and the gravy was perfect! Thanks for a new family favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turkey was the best turkey I have ever had. It turned out so moist and fork tender I was amazed. I am not a big left over turkey person, but even the leftovers after reheating were still so moist and delicious. Thank you so much for a terrific recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the most moist turkey! Most of the turkey we have eaten in the past were dry - this turkey was moist and tasted so good. Besides a fried or roasted turkey this recipe is right up there. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been using fresh turkey for several years now and always got compliments on how good my turkey tasted. But this year I tried the brine technique and everyone thought it was the best turkey ever! I made a recipe and half for a 14 lb whole turkey and used an extra large stock pot and soaked it overnight. The taste was fantastic. I only wish I hadn't been so hestitant about the recipe and had also done the extra turkey breast the same way! There was a distinct difference in flavor and not a good differnece! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Moist, flavorful, easy. Only brined for 3 hours, still outstanding. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this recipe on a recent episode of "How to Boil Water" and thought that I could adapt it to be used with a whole turkey instead of a turkey breast. I ended up adapting the brine recipe and used 3 gallons of water, 3 cups of kosher salt and 2 cups of brown sugar to cover a 13-pound turkey. I let it sit in the brine overnight in the refrigerator and the next morning removed it from the brine. This turkey was the best I ever made! Thanks, Tyler and Jack!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very simple and the best turkey our family has ever made. item not reviewed by moderator and published
moist turkey and tasty gravy. Easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The turkey and the gravy were soooo good. The only thing i did different was put the turkey in the brine overnight. We had our Thanksgiving meal at lunch time, so that was the only time I could do it. That was the only adjustment I made to the recipe. It turned out perfect. Thank you for the great recipe. The turkey and the gravy were very easy- it took very little time and ingredients with great results. I will do this one again!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish exceeded my expectations. It gives the turkey a perfect natural tasting flavor. I would recommend it to anyone trying to do their own turkey for the first time. It comes out as a complete success. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a great recipe! The first time I ever made a thanksgiving turkey. Did the brining for 4.5hrs. Had 6lb turkey breast and it took 2.5 hrs in the oven. The turkey came out moist and well seasoned not bland at all which was my concern. The gravy also tasted good, altho a little too salty for my taste. Next time I will reduce the salt on the gravy. Thanks Tyler! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have to admit, I use my own gravy recipe and I would admit to liking stuffing at Thanksgiving better than the turkey itself, but I tried this recipe for turkey breast and now I can enjoy the turkey as well as the stuffing and gravy. AWESOME item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was just floored when I tasted this slightly sweet, slightly salty fork-tender turkey breast. I'll never make turkey any other way. It browned perfectly and was so easy to make. After trying to get a flavorful, juicy turkey year after year [for many years!], I can finally say "Yes, I can cook a great turkey." Thanks!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dave, the amount of broth to use for the gravy is not specified in the instructions but is understood to match the quantity stated in the gravy ingredients list, which is 4 cups low sodium chicken broth. Hope this helps! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I want to make the gravey, but it says to add the stock, but does not tell how much stock to add. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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