Over the weekend I was at Trader Joe’s and was FINALLY able to find a turkey breast. I have been looking for some time and never seem to be there when a turkey breast is in stock, only the tenderloins. With a family a five a turkey breast is a wonderful thing. We can have it for dinner or slice it up and use it as lunch meat.
My original plan was to grill this and then run it through the slicer for lunch meat. Alas, they only had turkey breast with the bone in. I am too lazy to bone it so the slicer was out. Off to plan B, grilled and served for dinner. Who doesn’t like Thanksgiving any time of the year?
I was a little torn as to what kind of marinade to use. Sun-dried tomato is always a favorite. At the deli counter at most grocery stores they offer a sun-dried tomato turkey for lunch meat. This is something I could do, and made at home it would be both healthier and chemical free. But then there is also spicy turkey, I love that too.
What is a girl to do? Obviously the two must be combined! I created a sun-dried tomato marinade and added in some red pepper flakes. If you don’t like it spicy just don’t put in the pepper flakes. This is so simple and yet so delicous. I like my turkey breast grilled, but you could easily roast it in the oven too. We enjoyed our turkey with brussels sprouts and potato gratin, an end of winter feast. Bring on spring, I am so ready!! I can imagine the marinade tasting good on chicken breasts too, or even a nice flank steak. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Sun-Dried Tomato Marinated Turkey Breast
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs. rosemary, chopped
1/3 c. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped finely
2 Tbs. oil from the sun-dried tomatoes, or olive oil
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
Split turkey breast
Put all the marinade ingredients in a mason jar, cover and shake rigorously. Place the turkey breast in a deep pan and cover all sides with the marinade. Cover and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least four hours.
Remove the turkey from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature while preheating the grill (or oven if roasting). Place the turkey on a medium heat grill, not over direct heat. If you place it over direct heat the marinade will likely burn, definitley NOT tasty! Cooking times will vary based on the size of the turkey breast, cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.