Farm to Table: Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

After raising a large family and hosting Thanksgiving for 6-10 people depending on which of my 4 children had a “significant other” to invite, we found ourselves facing the holiday with only one child left in town to celebrate this year’s “Feast of Gratitude.”  While I’m not complaining, and well aware that there are so many others that are alone at the holidays, it was a peculiar feeling that sparked an ongoing discussion about whether it was “worth it” to cook a big turkey.  In need of a solution, I took to Farmers Market Finds in search of inspiration and a plan.
Minneapolis Farmers Market
One of my favorite markets to stay up with is the Minneapolis Farmers Market. The Minneapolis Farmer’s Market, located at 312 East Lyndale Avenue opened back in 1937, as a source for fresh produce and products for people all over the Twin Cities area. Today, they support nearly 230 vendors who alternate the use of their 170 stalls. They are open year-round with limited hours in the winter.  So if you are making a trip be sure to check out the website for their hours.  In the meantime, follow their blog. It is always  filled with recipes and holiday inspiration, so I wasn’t in the least bit surprised to find this recipe for Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast. This was an original recipe from Whitney Bond’s blog which seemed perfect for the occasion.  Using a turkey breast, rather than a whole turkey made more sense without sacrificing the flavor and presentation. So if you find yourself cooking for a smaller tribe this year, give this one a try and let us know what you think.
Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

 Brine  Ingredients 
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3-4 lb. boneless turkey breast
Rub Ingredients 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp thyme
Cranberry Glaze Ingredients 
  • 12 oz cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped ginger
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup orange flavor liqueur
  1. Combine all of the brining ingredients in a large container, then place the turkey breast in the brine and place into the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Remove the turkey in the morning and pat dry, then brush with olive oil.
  3. Next, combine the spice rub in a small bowl.
  4. Rub the spices over the turkey and place in a baking dish. Roast the turkey in a 375° oven for one hour.
  5. In the meantime, prepare the cranberry glaze by combining all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Wait for the cranberries to begin bursting, then stir well and allow the glaze to simmer over low heat for an additional 5-10 minutes. Strain the glaze with a mesh strainer.
  6.  Glaze the turkey breast with a basting brush using the strained cranberry glaze.

See you next time at the Market!

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