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.
Looks Yummy!!! 🙂
It was! Thanks. The youngest ate his all in the blink of an eye!
This sounds and looks great! I love sun-dried tomatoes and red pepper flakes. I am bookmarking your recipe and can’t wait to try it out 🙂 Though we have nice weather, the grill is not outside yet. I might just have to try this in the oven the first time around!
I hope you like it! Living in the South we grill year round. It does get cold at times in the winter, but hey, the grill us right out the deck door!
I’m sure it will be delicious! I remember those Southern days 🙂 Grilling year around is something I used to take for granted!
Trader Joe’s! Trader Joe’s! Trader Joe’s! (sorry, got really excited there–will try to tone it down) Best store ever and you’ve found yet another wonderful buy. Better yet, you doctored it up so it’s even better! That turkey looks fantastic–exactly what our fam needs to be eating. Cheers to the end of winter feast–perfect.
Trader Joe’s is indeed awesome! So glad they FINALLY opened one here in town last year. I will be enjoying cheeses and salamis with wine from there tonight.
This looks delicious! Forgive me for a probably silly question but was your split turkey breast complete with skin? I cannot find breast with skin and worry that it will dry out while roasting so I’ve been too afraid to ever try a turkey breast… that and I’ve never found any organic turkeys anywhere near me. 😦 But I’m hoping to get one or two direct from a farm soon!
It was skinless, well one little piece,of skin remained. With a marinade it still was incredibly moist right off the grill. Good luck finding your turkey, a local farm sounds great!
I’m glad you found the ingredients at one of my favorite stores. My daughter always requests turkey and cheese whole wheat wraps at lunch… your turkey breast will be on our menu soon. 🙂 Have a nice weekend, Gretchen.
I love that store too! My husband and I are looking forward to a quiet and relaxing trip to Whole Foods without the kids tomorrow! Browsing slowly and not having kids grab things, ask for things, wanting samples….life will be good.
I do so enjoy Trader Joe’s! We make wraps for lunch too. We go through favorites, ham and cheese, turkey and cheese or peanut butter and apple are the most popular with the boys.
Yummy! Nutella and banana is always popular, too! 🙂
We have not done that wrap yet, but we do make Nutella banana crepes! Yummy!
Sundried tomato anything is a winner with me. I bet this was delicious 🙂
I love sun-dried tomatoes!
It looks so delicious even though it’s 1.08 am here. There is a lot of turkey breast in my local store, but they always look so huge I often wonder what to do with them. Thanks for sharing. You’ve inspired me to buy one and try. Have a lovely weekend!
Go for it and give it a try! I love turkey breasts, so many ways to flavor them.
You have inspired me. I shall give it a go soon. Have a good day!
Looks yummy! ❤ And stunning photos, too! 🙂
Thank you! It certainly is tasty.
I had to let you know that we have used the marinade twice already! A couple small changes and we didn’t grill the meat (we will in the future) but it’s delicious!! I used a pork tenderloin both times, cooked them two different ways and it’s just great 🙂
Glad you liked it! I usually make changes too, rarely make something exactly the same twice!