Emeril's Bacon and Herb Roast Turkey Breast

Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

This is Emeril's recipe off the Food Network site. I wanted to spread around the goodness. Just a heads up that some of the other Food Network reviewers felt the salt content was a little high. Otherwise,...BAM!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a shallow roasting pan or baking dish with aluminum foil.
  3. Rinse the turkey breast and pat dry.
  4. Cook the bacon in a medium skillet until crisp then transfer to paper towels to drain.
  5. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the rendered bacon fat.
  6. Finely mince the cooked bacon when it has cooled and transfer to a small bowl.
  7. Add the garlic, sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, butter, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper.
  8. Mix thoroughly to combine and form a paste.
  9. Gently loosen the skin on both sides of the turkey breast so that it is separated from the flesh.
  10. Divide the herb paste in half and gently spread half between the skin and flesh on each side of the breast.
  11. Season the outside of the turkey breast with the remaining teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
  12. Brush the turkey all over with the reserved bacon fat.
  13. Place prepared turkey breast in the prepared pan and roast, uncovered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the deep portion of the breast registers 165 degrees F, 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 or 15 minutes.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving into thin slices.
  15. Serve with the pan drippings.
Most Helpful

I've used this recipe 2 years in a row for my and my hubby's Thanksgiving dinner. I do deviate: I use dried herbs, skip the salt (the bacon has enough salt IMO) and use olive oil instead of butter. Still very good. Worth the try if you have a small family.

burghdutchess November 25, 2012