Hello everyone and Happy Holidays!!! This year during Christmas I decided to try something very easy and simple with turkey. I usually like to cook a full bird for the holidays, and haved used various methods to do so over the years. Cooking a full bird though requires preparation and time during slicing, and also cleanup can be somewhat cumbersome. Well this year I decided to just cook a turkey breast and see how that works. I started by buying a fresh raw turkey breast at the grocery store, many companies make them (Saralee, Butterball, Tyson, etc) and all are packed well. Some you can buy frozen, others are in the chill area. I got a frozen one about a month ago and thawed it out in the refrigerator 2 days before cooking.
To start, first I rinsed the turkey breast under cold water. (A method that should be done for all poultry). Then I let drain for about 5 minutes. I chopped about 8 oz of celery and 8 oz of white sweet onion. There are plastic baking bags out there in the market, been out there for years, Reynolds makes them. These are great things to have on hand for roasting meats. I keep them on hand always and grabbed one from my supplies. Laying the bag down on a flat surface, I placed the celery and onions in it to create a vegetable bed. I then seasoned the turkey breast with Montreal Chicken Seasoning from Mccormicks and placed it in the bag. Sealing the bag, I placed it in a small roasting pan and put it in oven at 350 degrees F. It is a good idea to preheat oven for 10 minutes. Depending on the breast size, it could take 2 to 3 and half hours. Check the turkey at 20 minute intervals and rotate in oven to give even cooking. The beauty of this is any portable medium size appliance oven will work which would make it perfect for RVs, campers, etc. So those on the road, this is a great way to cook a good special meal without all the mess. When done, the temperature should be 160 to 165 degrees F. Let stand for 10 minutes out of the oven, then slice. The best part, leftovers are a breeze to store and you have turkey ready for sandwiches, etc. For those of us who like turkey throughout the year, this is a great alternative to the full bird. Simple, good and clean up is easy.
Well hope this helps and provides some good ideas for the future. To all the Roadwarriors, stay safe out there, looks like this year "Winter Wonderland" during the holiday season became reality. Happy Holidays everyone