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If you love to cook, than we are getting into one of the best seasons of the year! I’m sure most of you are thinking about Thanksgivings past and trying to plan your menu for this year already. This year, we’re looking back and reflecting on the holiday meals that Butterball has been helping make special for more than 60 years. Butterball is asking you to “throwback” and revisit their best holiday memories. Butterball will also share throwback photos and memorable calls from over the years, debunk myths with today’s cooking methods and offer new twists on classic recipes with the help of Turkey Talk-Line experts, who can offer 30+ years’ worth of tips, recipes, how-to videos and more.

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You know you don’t have to cook a whole turkey right? I love these turkey breast. The meat always cooks evenly and there’s no dry sections, plus you don’t have to eat turkey for the next month with a ton of leftovers. I remember making my first Thanksgiving meal for several of our friends and spending hours on the phone with my grandmother making her recipes. I miss her since she’s passed in 2009, but thankful I took the time to master her recipes. Here’s a picture of our family the year before. She loved to cook and make sure she made everyone’s favorite dish.


This year I wanted to try a new way of making turkey. I’m not a huge fan of sage, so next time I make this I may use a different herb or cut back on the amount of sage, but holy moly is the gravy one of the best I’ve ever had! Also cut back on the salt we found it a little on the salty side.

Butterball has a ton of recipes on their site as well. And check out their Pinterest page for even more inspiration.

If you want to win a free turkey here’s your chance I have 2 chances to win. One is via my Facebook page, simply like and share the post to be entered. The other is by entry form below. Feel free to enter both methods. Giveaway ends 11-15-15 at midnight central time. Only valid in US.

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Apple Cider Glazed Turkey Breast
(Adapted from The Noshery)
Turkey Breast
  • 4 – 5 lb turkey breast
  • ½ cup sage leaves, minced
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups spiced apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ cup spiced apple cider or chicken stock
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place the turkey breast, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. I used my handy pot and made a rack out of foil to lift the meat up.
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In a food processor, combine the butter, sage, salt, pepper, onion, and garlic. Process to make a paste.
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Gently loosen the skin from the meat with your fingers and smear half of the paste directly on the meat. Spread the remaining paste evenly on the skin. Cover and let sit overnight to marinade.
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In a sauce pan combine 1½ cups spiced apple cider with honey. Bring to a boil and let reduce to ½ cup. When it cools it will become a syrup.
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Pour ½ cup spiced apple cider into the bottom of the roasting pan. Brush the turkey breast with spiced apple cider glaze.
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Roast the turkey for 1¾ to 2 hours, turning half-way and basting again with glaze, until the skin is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F when inserted into the thickest and meatiest areas of the breast.
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If the skin is over-browning, tent with aluminum foil. When the turkey is done, transfer to a platter and cover with foil and allow it to rest at room temperature for 15 – 20 minutes.
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While the turkey is resting strain the drippings into a sauce pan over medium heat.
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Add flour and whisk together. It will come together like a blob and the excess grease with remain separate. Carefully pour out the excess grease.
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Return to the burner and whisk in vinegar and milk, add apple cider or chicken stock until you reach desired consistency.
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Slice turkey breast and serve with gravy.

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Disclaimer: 3 Butterball checks where sent to me one for me and two to giveaway have been provided by Butterball for this Review & Giveaway. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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