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Milk Braised Turkey Breasts

Serves: Makes 2 to 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 (bone-in) turkey breast, about 2½ pounds
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 5 slices of prosciutto
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 apple quartered
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 sage leaves
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • ¼ cup cognac
  • 1½ cups whole milk


Procedures:

Apples, cinnamon sticks and onions are combined with whole milk and cognac to create a fall flavor profile for these milk braised turkey breasts. Top the turkey with prosciutto while it braises for a nice salty touch.

Heat the oven to 300°F.

Evenly salt the turkey breast with 1 ½ teaspoons of kosher salt. Set aside.

Heat the butter and prosciutto over medium high heat. Once the butter is melted, the fat rendered from the prosciutto and the pan is hot, remove the prosciutto and set aside (to be used later).

Brown the turkey breasts, about 3 minutes per side (for a total of six minutes).

While the turkey is browning, add the onion, apple, garlic, herbs and cinnamon stick. Continue to cook these items for about 1 minute after the removal of the turkey. Stir occasionally.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the cognac and scrape up the brown bits on the pan. Let the cognac simmer for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Add the milk, remaining ½ teaspoon kosher salt and the turkey breast. Bring the milk to a low simmer. Cover the breast with the cooked prosciutto and baste once. Place in the oven.

Cook the turkey for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the turkey reaches 160°F. Baste every 15 minutes. (The cooking time varies depending on the size of the turkey breast. This recipe also works well with a halved boneless turkey breast. The cook time for a boneless breast is 30 minutes.)

Slice and serve warm with the milk pan sauce.

by Rebecca White, A Pleasant Little Kitchen

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