Roast Turkey Breast with Gravy

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 55 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 2 hr 35 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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One 6-pound fresh turkey breast, on the bone, rinsed and patted dry

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 stalk celery, cut into 2 inch pieces

1 small carrot, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

2 small onions, peeled and quartered

1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

3 cups turkey or chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. 
  2. Rub the turkey all over with the butter, including the cavity of the breast. Season generously with salt and pepper. Scatter the vegetables on the bottom of a roasting pan just large enough to hold the turkey. Set the meat breast-side up in the pan. Roast for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roast registers 160 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 170 degrees as it rests.) 
  3. Pour any pan drippings into a degreasing cup or small bowl. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the fat discarding the rest and add the juices to the stock. Add the reserved fat to the roasting pan and place on a burner over medium high heat. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the stock and continue to stir. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened, about 3 minutes. Strain the gravy, discarding the vegetables, and season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  4. Carve the breast and serve with the gravy.