Honey and Thyme-Brined Turkey Breast

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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons pepper, and 6 thyme sprigs; bring to a boil then remove from heat.
  • Pour mixture into a large bowl; cool to room temperature.
  • To the bowl: add 6 cups water, salt, honey, and sugar, stirring until salt and sugar dissolve.
  • Pour salt mixture into a 2-gallon heavy-duty zip-lock plastic bag.
  • Add ice and turkey; seal.
  • Refrigerate 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.
  • Remove turkey from bag; discard brine.
  • Pat turkey dry using paper towels.
  • Rub turkey with oil.
  • Mix together 1 tablespoon pepper and chopped thyme, rub over turkey.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place turkey on a roasting pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until meat thermometer inserted into the thickest portion reads 180°F.
  • Place turkey on a platter.
  • Cover with foil and let stand 15 minutes.
  • If desired, garnish with thyme sprigs.
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