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Rosemary Turkey Breast Recipe
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Rosemary Turkey Breast Recipe

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In Wills Point, Texas, Dorothy Pritchett seasons turkey with a mixture of garlic and rosemary for a tasty and tender bird. The attractive main course is a perfect accompaniment to your holiday meal.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 to 10 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary or 3 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (5 pounds)

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked turkey (calculated without skin) equals 148 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 207 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 4 lean meat.


  1. In a food processor, combine the oil, garlic, rosemary, salt, paprika and pepper; cover and process until garlic is coarsely chopped.
  2. With your fingers, carefully loosen the skin from both sides of turkey breast. Spread half of the garlic mixture over the meat under the skin. Smooth skin over meat and secure to underside of breast with toothpicks. Spread remaining garlic mixture over turkey skin.
  3. Place turkey breast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until a thermometer reads 170°. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Discard toothpicks. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Rosemary Turkey Breast in Light & Tasty December/January 2006, p11

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"This was wonderful. Very moist, and very garlicky. I would love to make it again!"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"The smallest turkey my store had was 6.5lbs, so I increased the ingredients a little to make sure I had enough to cover the whole turkey. Not sure if it was the recipe, or my additions but the flavors were way too strong. My house still smells of garlic the next day (and I love garlic, but this was way too strong and I didn't increase the amount of garlic). The rosemary was way too intense as well. I couldn't eat the pieces near the edge, and my husband was scraping off his seasoning. I may try it again, reducing the amount of garlic and rosemary and possibly eliminating most the paprika. On the positive side, it was really easy to make and this was my first time making it turkey. I used one of the bags per my mother in law's suggestion, baked it @350 for 2 hours and it was extremely juicy."

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"This has become a family favorite."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"I was really surprised by how delicious this was."

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