Lemon Saffron Turkey Breast

Lemon Saffron Turkey Breast

                        Lemon Saffron Turkey Breast.

Lemon Saffron Turkey BreastMy Lemon Saffron Turkey Breast with baby potatoes and onions is very simple to prepare, yet is an impressive entrée perfect for any special occasion! The complex flavor of saffron bathed in lemon juice coupled with herbes de Provence gives the turkey and vegetables a deep aromatic yet umami flavor that is quite unique! Make sure to reserve the saffron lemony juices to serve over a simple basmati rice side to my Lemon Saffron Turkey Breast! Enjoy my Lemon Saffron Turkey Breast with a crisp romaine salad and a good Chardonnay. 

1 free range Turkey Breast 

1 teaspoon saffron threads, ground with mortar and pestle 

1/4 cup hot water

1/2 cup organic lemon juice

1 teaspoon herbes de Provence 

Generous Himalayan salt and pepper

7 small organic onions, peeled, left whole and 1 chopped

3/4 cup chopped organic celery

2 organic carrots, sliced in sticks

2 lbs organic golden baby potatoes, unpeeled, leave whole

Generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 

Extra salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 

In a small bowl combine saffron water and lemon juice, set aside

Generously salt and pepper the Turkey breast

Turn breast upside down, tuck a couple of small onions in cavity of breast

Make a bed of chopped celery and onion on the bottom of a rectangular oven proof dish

Transfer Turkey breast upright on top of the vegetable bed

Season breast with herbes de Provence 

Pour lemon saffron mixture over the breast

Scatter potatoes, onions and carrots around breast

Salt and pepper everything again and generously drizzle with olive oil

Bake uncovered for 2&1/2 hours until breast is cooked through and golden  brown, basting every 45 minutes 

Remove from oven, transfer the turkey breast to a serving plate and let it rest before carving

Transfer the cooked vegetables to another serving plate

Strain the cooking liquid through a mesh colander, discard solids and reserve juice for serving

Serve with basmati rice, a crisp salad and a rich Chardonnay! Enjoy!

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