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Turkey Breast with Tomato Gravy

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A fabulous alternative Thanksgiving recipe, when you don’t need to feed an army. This easy Turkey Breast with Tomato Gravy, is just the dish to serve a small crowd this holiday season!

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Everyone has their own opinion on what the perfect Thanksgiving feast should look like.

Whether you instantly think of a 25 pound turkey, a spiral ham, traditional side dishes, or Thanksgiving dishes with a twist, I’m sure there are dishes you make every year because they are special to your family.

We always have a turkey on Thanksgiving, then go off the beaten path with the side dishes. We serve sweet potatoes, stuffing, a green vegetable, pies, cranberry sauce, gravy and rolls, but the method of preparation is usually a surprise to my family.

It’s a way for me to add an element of whimsy to our meal… Actually, that’s something I like to do at any event.

I enjoy keeping my guests on their toes when dinner is served. The unique ingredients or cooking methods are always a welcomed surprise that everyone looks forward to.

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Some years we have big Thanksgivings with family and friends, and some years it’s just us four. Either way, I try to make each dish look and taste special.

One thing I’ve done on years we have a smaller crowd is to prepared roasted turkey breast, instead of a whole turkey. This also is a great solution for families who only like the white meat of the turkey.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Tomato Gravy… It’s so easy guys.

I cut the turkey breast apart, dry them, then rub them down with dijon mustard. Then I sprinkle each turkey breast with good quality sea salt and cracked pepper.

This year, I used Wildfire® Smoked Sea Salt & Herbs that I found on SaltWorks®.

The smokey depth added to the turkey skin and meat, from the sea salt, was a welcomed change.

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I also added the smoked sea salt to the tomato gravy I made to accompany the turkey breast recipe.

If you’ve never tried tomato gravy before, you need to.

You really need to.

The little hint of tomato flavor, along with the smokey essence of the sea salt, and a kick from hot smoked paprika, really made the gravy something to experience.

It was the perfect gravy to top this juicy roasted turkey breast for a traditional and unique main course.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Tomato Gravy is a winner.

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I’m always on the look out for high quality sea salts, because I feel superior salt and pepper are always the most important layer of seasoning in any dish.

I’ve found the mother-load at SaltWorks®!

Saltworks has all sorts of culinary salts for you to experiment with, including the one I used today, Wildfire®Smoked Sea Salt & Herbs.

Their salts are all-natural, unprocessed, and full of flavor. This means they not only taste better than plain old table salt, they are better for you, and are higher potency so you can use less in each meal.

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Turkey Breast with Tomato Gravy

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
 This easy Turkey Breast with Tomato Gravy, is just the dish to serve a small crowd this holiday season!
Servings: 6


For the Turkey:

For the Tomato Gravy:


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Use a pair of strong kitchen shears to cut the breasts apart, down the middle of the breast plate. Lay them on the baking sheet, breast side up.
  • Pat them dry with paper towels, then rub dijon mustard over the skin. Sprinkle generously with Wildfire® Smoked Sea Salt & Herbs, and fresh cracked pepper. Roast on the middle rack of the oven, until the interior temperature reaches 160 degrees F, 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Allow the turkey breast to rest, so the temperature rises to 165-170 degrees. Cover with foil to keep warm.
  • While the turkey is resting,  place the butter and flour in a small sauce pot over medium heat. As the butter melts, whisk the flour and butter to form a roux. Whisk and cook for 1-2 minutes until the roux is just golden brown, then whisk in the milk.
  • Continue to whisk the gravy as you add the salt, spices, and tomato paste. Cook and whisk until the gravy thickens to your desired consistency. Slice the turkey breast and serve with a generous portion of tomato gravy.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 441kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 76g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 202mg, Sodium: 1206mg, Potassium: 958mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 440IU, Vitamin C: 0.6mg, Calcium: 140mg, Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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160 comments on “Turkey Breast with Tomato Gravy”

  1. Pingback: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

  2. Tomato gravy sounds like one heck of a way to dress up a bird!!

  3. I have to wonder…what if you roasted the turkey on salt blocks? Difference”

  4. I love red sea salt.

  5. I looove smoked salts. We always throw a pan of salt onto the smoker after we’re done smoking a pork shoulder. It turns out amazing!

  6. I have never tried any specialty salt… yet!

  7. i have a wonderful himelayian salt i use

  8. That tomato gravy sounds divine. SaltWorks sent me this way and I am now a salivating new follower.

  9. I think lately it’s the Chardonnay smoked salt or Murray river flake. So hard to choose, I was so excited when I found salt works I actually emailed them a thank you!

  10. I love trying new salts!

  11. I hope my husband starts using these salts soon!

  12. You could do a lot of different recipes with those. :)

  13. I’ve always wanted to try truffled salt on deviled eggs…

  14. Love trying different salts. The Wildfire smoked salt in the turkey recipe sounds wonderful.

  15. i like sea salt

  16. I am not very experienced with salt, but I love a good coarse sea salt on carmel.

  17. Garlic and salt are about the only salt I am experienced with but I would love to try all the other flavors!!!

  18. I’ve only tried pink salt, but would love to try others

  19. My family loves Rosemary Salt!

  20. Pink salt!

  21. i like garlic salt

  22. I like sea salt

  23. I do enjoy a smoked sea salt on meats.

  24. I’ve been trying to find a source for fluer de sel.

  25. I have actually not tried specialty salts so a win like this would be an awesome way to try!

  26. so many types of salts!! I really love using pink salt

  27. I get relatives in Malta to send Mediterranean sea salt from there every chance I get. It’s pretty unique

  28. Doesn’t that look good –

    I love specialty garlic salts – anything with garlic is my go-to

  29. My mouth started watering even before I got to all the luscious ingredients in the recipe, Thanks so much for sharing, Sommer!!!

  30. I like sea salt and garlic salt.

  31. use coarse kosher sea salt but want to try more

  32. Hawaiian black salt is smoky and great for the grill!

  33. We use a lot of sea salt.

  34. Right now I just use coarse sea salt in a mill but I really want to try Pink Himalayan and the Smoked version in the prize pack would be so great for grilling.

  35. I have never used any kind of salt other than kosher and regular table salt. i would love to try something new.

  36. I love smoked sea salt!

  37. Garlic salt is one of my favorites. Looks like this sampler has quite a few other options I would love to try.

  38. This sounds really, really lovely, Sommer. I like the addition of tomato. And all those salts look fabulous!

  39. My favorite is sea salt.

  40. i haven’t tried many specialty salts. I usually use sea salt.

  41. i like lemon salt

  42. Himalayan Pink Salt (although that’s really the only one I’ve tried so far)

  43. I love Himalayan Pink Salt.

  44. I love using Pink Himalayan or smoked sea salt. They both give completely different flavors which keeps things interesting!

  45. I like sea salt

  46. Love Himalayan Pink salt and would love to try new ones!

  47. The only specialty salts I’ve had are garlic salt and sea salt. I would love to try other types of salts.

  48. Love cooking with different kind of sea salts!~

  49. Ancient Ocean® Himalayan Pink Salt

  50. Actually haven’t tried that many salts, but I’m intrigued to try them.

  51. I always use coarse kosher sea salt, but I’d love to try some new varieties!

  52. Will definitely be trying this great recipe…thanks for posting it! I just ordered a jar of Wildfire Smoked Sea Salt & Herbs! Would love to win the Ultimate Package=) In the meantime, can’t wait to try your recipe! Thank you

  53. so ready to try all these different salts……. cooking is so much fun and i hope i win this collection of salts……….

  54. I like Jane’s Original Mixed-Up Salt. Or I should say I did like it until I realized the endless amount of salts available, definitely was unaware so many different specialy salts were out there.

  55. I love garlic salt!

  56. Love trying different salts. Have lots of different sea salts, lavender salt and halayan. Would love to try more. Thanks

  57. Himalayan Pink!

  58. I love salt, period. I used to eat ice cream salt when my father made home ice cream. I will admit, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt is a better option. I would love to have a collec tion so I could try them all. I hope, I hope, I hope that I win a real treasure chest of salt !

  59. The only salt I’ve used besides Kosher and sea salt is pink Himalayan.

  60. I love Pink Sea Salt but I know my husband would want to try any of the smoked salts FIRST!

  61. Plain old kosher salt does it for me!

  62. So many kinds of salt! My favorite is probably garlic, but almost anything with garlic is my favorite (8

  63. I don’t really know much about salt. I have regular, kosher and sea salt. That’s as exotic as I’ve gotten so far. LOL.

  64. I use garlic salt and sea salt. I would like to explore the many varieties!

  65. I’ve never had a specialty salt unless you count homemade mixtures. I do love salt and herb mixtures.

  66. I’ve cooked with many different sales over the years, but nowadays I stick with pink Himalayan.

  67. Specialty seas salts add such nuanced flavors to all our cooking. This is a fab give-away just in time for the holiday season!

  68. Oh, I love the Spanish, and the smoked are wonderful for BBQ season

  69. Love garlic salt!

  70. Ahhh! This is rad, excited to try this out!

  71. This tomato gravy looks and sounds amazing!!
    I can’t keep my hands off of our garlic salt :)

  72. never tried specialty salts. . .only had sea salt! :)

  73. Would like to try the different salts. Have only used regular and kosher salt

  74. Himalayan salt.

  75. My brother gave me a jar of fleur de sel from France that lasted several years. It enhanced everything it touched.

  76. havent really tryed any but would love to

  77. I get an applewood smoked sea salt from Fresh & Easy and it is amazing in every dish! This salt kit looks so cool though!

  78. I love Real Salt from Redmond!!

  79. I love sea salt! Pink, black, or white. Doesn’t matter!

  80. Can’t say I really have a favorite specialty sea salt… I was just introduced to them

  81. I love spicy Chipotle style salts

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  83. i’ve only ever tried the pink himalayan sea salt, which i love, but i would love to branch out!

  84. Himalayan salt

  85. I love using sea salt on sweet baked goods – anything that’s salted caramel with chocolate is delicious!

  86. I’m all ready on the email list

  87. I love saltworks and have also sent gifts of it to friends and relatives. My BFF simply loved the truffle salt!

  88. I have bacon salt and I use it on just about everything. :-)

  89. I’ve always wanted to try pink Himalayan salt because it’s so pretty!

  90. I love smoked black sea salt as well as so many other specialty salts.

  91. That dish looks so tasty, I have not tried many specialty salts I did enjoy himalayan pink salt. Would love to try such a neat assortment of salts.

  92. I like pink sea salt but would love to try the different types and flavors.

  93. I love pink Himalayan sea salt!

  94. Truffle Salt!

  95. I’ve never used specialty salt. Just plain old kosher salt. But I love garlic and herbs!

  96. Salt is probably the thing we use most!!

  97. Wow, the tomato gravy sounds like an amazing accompaniment with turkey!

  98. Tomato gravy! This is just what I need to round out my turkey table.

  99. I love cooking just the turkey breast and the tomato gravy sounds amazing!

  100. I don’t think I’ve tried any besides seasoned salt, if that counts lol

  101. I’ve actually never tried any specialty salts, besides sea salt.

  102. Pink himalayan salt is one of my favorite new finds!

  103. I’ve never heard of tomato gravy, but it sure sounds good!

  104. I am new to your blog… but i must say YOU HAVE ENCOURAGED MY SOUL!!! I am literally making this for my small T-Day Dinner party! I CAN’T WAIT!!!

  105. So far (of the salts I’ve tried), I like pink sea salt!

  106. This recipe looks absolutely delicious! I love all your creative recipes!

  107. Good salt makes dishes even better. And good salt would be perfect for the three side dishes I’m making this Thanksgiving. This gravy is so unique and I’m sure so very flavorful. Can’t wait to try it!

  108. I’ve only used pink salt once, but I loved it! Usually I just use coarse sea salt in a salt grinder.

  109. I love seasoned salt

  110. I can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks amazing. And what a bonus it would be to win this lovely gift from SaltWorks!

  111. I like using sea salt – never really tried any specialty salts but would love to try some.

  112. Who knew there were so many different types of salt–I would love to see all the different varieties in this package and try them out!!

  113. pink salt and garlic salt

  114. My favorite salt is Pink Hawaiian Sea Salt. I get mine from Fresh Market and I put it on EVERYTHING.. I used it tonight on Sashimi grade tuna. I scored and lightly torched the top of the sashimi slices, drizzled ponzu sauce and sprinkled the salt on top. To. Die. For.

  115. I absolutely LOVE cooking and using smoked spices! A friend of mine (from the deep South) mentioned tomato gravy, but I hadn’t tried it yet (she serves it to her family over biscuits). Now I have a recipe for the gravy! I adore using dry rubs on all sorts of meat and I really enjoy combining my own mixtures.

  116. My favorite is smoked sea salt.

  117. I like the Pink Himalayan Salt.

  118. I haven’t really tried a lot of specialty salts, but you can’t go wrong with a good basic garlic salt. That tomato gravy looks like the bomb!

  119. Oh my goodness, I’d love to win this package – it looks amazing!

  120. There’s nothing that completes any meal like the correct spices..!!!

  121. That salt looks awesome! Right now I am having the hardest time finding Bell seasoning. I’m going to stock up once the grocery store carries it!

  122. My favorite salt is fluer de sel.

  123. I haven’t tried any specialty salts. Sometimes I splurge and buy Fleur de Sel for a special baked treat.

  124. Gotta love the salt!

  125. This will be my 1st thanksgiving at our new home and this sounds delicious!

  126. Tomato gravy looks intriguing… so I just pinned it to try later!

  127. I would love to play around with these Salts, love flavored Salts and the Himalyan Brick would be awesome to use on the Grill. I need to try the Tomato Gravy too looks really interesting.

  128. I love your tomato gravy, a nice fresh spin on a classic!

  129. I thought I was being fancy with Pink Himalaya Salt, but these varieties are way beyond.

  130. I love to coat fish with smoked Himalayan Pink Salt!

  131. We have some pink Hawaiian salt we love.

  132. I’m a sucker for the pink Himalayan!

  133. I like spicy food so my favorite is ghost pepper salt. It adds a great burst of spice, heat, and saltiness. Try it on top of fresh tuna with a hint of lemon.

  134. I would love to play with salt, but stick to good ol sea salt.

  135. I have never had turkey with tomato gravy before but it looks delicious! I’m always willing to try new recipes.

  136. I love the look of the tomato gravy… but I’ll admit that I’ve not had access to many varities of flavored salt… just bourbon flavor from a trip to a distillery in Kentucky.

  137. Wow. ..I haven’t heard anyone mention tomato gravy since I was a kid!! (My mom made a fantastic tomato gravy served over fried eggs and biscuits. ) My current favorite specially salt is a sriracha salt that I make.

  138. Fleur de Sel by Artisan is my favorite finishing salt!

  139. I love a good rosemary salt!

  140. We have a cabernet salt that’s delicious

  141. I’ve never had tomato gravy before but now I must! Looks delicious.

    I love pink salt on top of caramel, yum!

  142. Our favorite that we’ve tried is the Himalayan pink salt, but I think a smoked salt sounds awesome!

  143. I love smoked sea salt-picked up some last time I was in Seattle-so good!

  144. I’ve really only tried sea salts, so I’m not sure I can say what my favorite would be really. I would love to experiment with others! :)

  145. I once found a sea salt with rosemary, it was fantastic!

  146. I use pink salt!

  147. That gravy looks divine!! Can’t wait to make it :) I love smoked salt…..what a great giveaway!

  148. I would love to be able to try something new !! Thanks for the chance!!

  149. Oh what fun I could have with these salts! Thanks for the chance to make a foodie happy!

  150. My favorite specialty salt is a french grey seal salt, which is perfect for making my famous brown butter chocolate chip cookies- the get topped with just a sprinkle of sea salt. I was even requested to make them for a friend’s wedding!

  151. I love all these beautiful salts!! I have a merlot variety at home that I LOVE!

  152. The Pink Himalayan salt is the one I have used–I really like it. I’d love to try some of the others.

  153. I’ve always wanted to try the flavored salts when I tinker in the kitchen. A whole collection would be a GREAT treat!

  154. I love a basic garlic salt. It goes great on so many things.

  155. This recipe looks amazing. I love the sauce! We always make a big bird every year; although, I’m not sure why. We only ever eat the breast. I think we’ll have to try making a few breasts this year. Thanks!

  156. This is so perfect for a small Thanksgiving! I love the idea of not having to do a whole BIG bird!

  157. I got salt with black truffles from Whole Foods that I love.