Monday, December 7, 2015

Turkey Without All The Trimmings



I wasn't going to post this. After all, it barely qualifies as a recipe. It's not particularly pretty, even if it does taste good, and it only has two ingredients. But in the end, I decided someone might appreciate it.

Some of my friends have already had their big family Christmas get togethers. There are a lot of new traditions because families are so large and people live so far away. You might be one of those who wants turkey for two without a fuss at Christmas. Or maybe you're going to a relative's house for dinner. You won't have a fridge stuffed with leftovers for the turkey sandwiches you love so much. Or you're going to a friend's house for dinner, and she's serving ham. Waah! You wanted turkey! Or maybe you just can't deal with all the work. After all, a big Christmas dinner involves a lot of cooking. So here's my quick and easy solution.

In all honesty, I cook this at least once a month. It's fast, it's easy, and my dogs and cats can eat it, too, as long as it's relatively plain. The oven does all the work!

Now, if you must have some of the traditional side dishes, then pick the ones that are important to you. Cranberries or stuffing, perhaps? It's still an easy meal.

I usually (gasp) roast the turkey and the sweet potatoes without any seasoning. Seriously, turkey and sweet potatoes don't need a lot of help. If you're inclined, you can always rub your turkey with salt, pepper, and herbs or baste it with butter. If you're big on the skin, then by all means season it. If you discard the skin anyway, then leave it plain. Oh, and no skin for the dogs or cats, please, it's too fatty for them.

I recommend using small sweet potatoes. Have you seen the ones the size of a small watermelon? Don't use those because this won't cook long enough. When you take the sweet potatoes out of the oven, the peels will almost glide off. You can mash them if that's what you want, or top them with marshmallows and stick them back in the warm oven, or serve them sliced. They're so good for us! And they're so naturally sweet. They really don't need a lot of help for terrific flavor.

If your turkey breast doesn't want to sit up properly, you might want to use a V-shaped rack. You can also use the sweet potatoes to prop it up a little but don't crowd it so that the meat doesn't cook.


Roast Turkey Without the Trimmings

1 turkey breast
2 to 6 smallish sweet potatoes

Preheat the oven to 400. Rinse the turkey breast, pat it dry, and set it in a large baking pan. Wash the sweet potatoes, remove any price or brand stickers, and pop the potatoes into the pan. Plan on the turkey breast roasting for about 1 1/2 hours. I usually set the timer for 1 hour and 15 minutes and then check it periodically after that.

Be sure to let the turkey stand for 30 minutes before cutting it! Otherwise, it will be dry.

Speaking of cutting - I heard recently that the best way to cut the turkey is against the grain. So slide a knife along the top of the breastbone, pull off the meat in a big chunk, and slice against the grain. It's not pretty, but it's very tender!


Pop the turkey breast and sweet potatoes into a baking pan.

The peel glides off!

See how easy they would be to mash?

Or just slice them!

Slice the meat across the grain.

The juices from the pan. The fat rises to the top in the fridge and you can use the rest when you warm leftovers!


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82 comments:

  1. This makes me crave Christmas dinner! It can't come soon enough!
    Thanks for the chance to win one of the books!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  2. The turkey looks amazing! Thank you for the giveaway. Merry Christmas!
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  3. Do you use a meat rack for roasting all your meats???

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    1. For most of them, I guess. I don't always bother when I roast a turkey breast because there's not much meat on the bottom side. But I love the one pan dinners that are so popular, where everything roasts together. The juices blend and they're just so good!

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  4. My belly is growling just reading this! We love turkey and typically just throw a breast in the crockpot.
    jilldaniel_wv@yahoo.com

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  5. I think it's great you posted this! A lot of people fear cooking a big bird, this looks easy and delicious! Thanks!
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  6. I make sweet potatoes most weeks. I just bake them and serve them in the jackets with a little bit of butter on them.

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  7. Forgot my email address.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  8. Thanks, Krista! I've found that the simplest recipes are usually the tastiest. We have a turkey breast in the freezer, and sweet potatoes from our garden, and now I want Thanksgiving food all over again!!! nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  9. Looks soooooooooo good!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  10. I love a turkey year round but must try slicing it as you suggest. Thanks for the tip. RUTH NIXON ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

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  11. When I still lived up north (rather than south Florida), it was so convenient to put the pan drippings out in the snow to quickly cool them for skimming the fat.

    I'm fascinated by the fact that people don't like turkey, but do like chicken. What's not to like?!

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  12. That's my kind of turkey dinner..easy..and the pictures made me hungry! patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  13. I've been thinking about getting a turkey breast. I already have every Diva book. suefoster109@netzero.net

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  14. I love turkey. I actually made a whole turkey twice in November. A 10-12 turkey lasts me all week for lunch and dinner and I don't mind eating the same thing all week. I prefer the whole turkey to just a breast. It seems more flavorful to me.

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  15. I cannot get in the turkey and sweet potato is my favorite vegetable in the entire world! But, I rarely get to eat my sweet potato because my youngest always eats all of it before I do. Crazy kid. Yes, there is always time for one more giveaway. I totally want to read that diva series of yours.SherylHbooth@gmail.com

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  16. Sounds really delish. Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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  17. Sounds really delish. Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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  18. Looks delicious! I'm always looking for a new way to cook a turkey.

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  19. Helpful post. Just my husband and i for the holidays I believe this year and I love turkey but hate the fuss.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Lady (dot) Janel at hotmail (dot) com

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  20. Helpful post. Just my husband and i for the holidays I believe this year and I love turkey but hate the fuss.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Lady (dot) Janel at hotmail (dot) com

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  21. I always buy extra turkey when it's on sale the week of Thanksgiving---so I've got to try this.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  22. Love turkey & sweet potatoes, but I've never thought of roasting them together. I'd love to get your Ebook.

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  23. This would be perfect for me and my husband. I love sweet potatoes in any form. Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely be trying this one. dr(dot)oldsmobile(at)icloud(dot)com

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  24. Thank you for the helpful post. I didn't used to like sweet potatoes, but as I have gotten older I like them more. crossxjo(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. I am hungry just looking at those pics! I am going to try this after Christmas :)

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  26. I would have never thought to make sweet potatoes this way! I love the giveaway - thank you! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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