Thanksgiving Turkey for Two

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Thanksgiving Turkey for Two

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Slow-Roasted Herbed Turkey Breast

Your turkey should get rubbed with an herb paste ahead of time, so the salt and seasonings can work into the meat. I use a full complement of herbs, such as sage, rosemary, and thyme, but you could certainly create your own combinations based on what’s growing on the windowsill or sitting in your refrigerator.

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Mango-Glazed Turkey Breast

Try this sweet glazed turkey recipe that adds a unique twist to your typical Thanksgiving dinner.

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Turkey Breast with Ginger-Scallion Sauce

David Chang recommends poaching turkey breast in leftover turkey stock before serving it with ginger-scallion sauce, based on his favorite condiment at Great N.Y. Noodletown in Chinatown.

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Spiral Stuffed Turkey Breast with Cider Gravy

When a whole bird is just too much--time and effort, as well as size--there is a quicker, simpler way: what's known in French cuisine as a roulade. Using a boneless turkey breast, butterflied and flattened, you can serve a beautiful spiral of juicy meat.

Click here for the recipe: Spiral Stuffed Turkey Breast with Cider Gravy

Basic Roasted Turkey Gravy

Here's a versatile and reliable recipe that uses just three ingredients to make a smooth and flavorful gravy. You can follow the recipe as written, but don't be afraid to be creative and add your own twist.

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Turkey Tenderloin with Whiskey-Cherry Sauce

Simmer antioxidant-rich cherries in a quick pan sauce spiked with whiskey and cranberry juice; it’s luscious on turkey tenderloin.

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Honey-Mustard Turkey Cutlets & Potatoes

Potatoes, leeks and turkey burst with intense flavor when roasted with honey, mustard and curry. Serve with: Steamed snow peas and carrots and a glass of white wine.

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Lemon Turkey with Bacon

Bacon is the secret ingredient that makes this quick cooking turkey piccata absolutely delicious! Give it a try.

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If you're a crazy, turkey-salivating cook like we are, a 22-pound bird will go in the oven regardless of the number of mouths the turkey will feed, even if that number is only two. But for the more rational Thanksgiving cooks, the scale has to be wound down a whole bunch. The best, and easiest, way to prepare a turkey dinner without being buried in a pile of leftovers, or being tied to the kitchen all day, is to tackle a bone-in turkey breast.

Just like its smaller chicken cousin, turkey can be bought in parts and roasted as a smaller-scale dinner. Ina Garten -- also known as The Barefoot Contessa -- offers an easy Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast recipe that will make that small piece of bird into a classic meal. Just make a quick paste, rub it on, and roast the slab for a few hours.

It's so cheap and easy that there's no reason not to enjoy the delicious perks of Thanksgiving. And when all is said and done, you'll even have a bone for a quick pot of stock.

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