Turkey Breast with Tomato Gravy
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!
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.
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.
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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Turkey Breast with Tomato Gravy
For the Turkey:
- 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.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Saltworks Inc. All opinions are my own.