You can transform plain turkey into a company dish with a refreshing blend of lemon and basil. The golden brown meat is super-moist and tender.—Sharon Delaney-Chronis, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 6 medium carrots
- 3 celery ribs
- 2 medium onions
- 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup minced fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bone-in turkey breast (5 to 6 pounds)
- 2 medium lemons, sliced
- Cut carrots and celery into 2-in. lengths; cut onions into wedges. Place in a roasting pan; add broth and water.
- In a small bowl, combine the basil, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey breast; rub mixture under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks. Place turkey breast over carrot mixture. Place lemon slices over skin.
- Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 170°, basting every 30 minutes. Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing turkey. Serve with vegetables. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Lemon-Basil Turkey Breast in Country Woman October/November 2010, p38