Tied turkey breast.

Joined Dec 9, 2010
I was doing some searching, but didn't really find any info on this in past posts.

I realize Thanksgiving is long past, but I'm in the mood. What I want to do is cook a turkey breast alone, off the bone and tied so it almost looks like pork loin when it's finished.  Any benefit to tying it like it's pork loin, or drawbacks to cooking it this way (other than no bone?) And how long should I expect turkey breast to cook alone? I'm trying to shoot for an hour cook time. (Something for the others at work, something I can pop in the over when we start cleaning the kitchen, and pull out and enjoy when we're finished.) Also, would a 24 hour brine suffice?
Joined Apr 3, 2010
Cooking time is determined by weight. may take a bit more then an hour. In answer to tying , they are tied so that they are even from end to end . This assures even cooking throughout the roast., and not a thick and thin side which will not evenly cook.
Joined Apr 3, 2008
I admit I've never rolled and tied a turkey breast but can't see a reason why it can't be done.  I do however often cook turkey breasts for weeknight dinners.  I leave them on them bone to ensure a juicy bird.  I season the turkey breast and place in a skillet skin side down to brown.  Turn it over and throw in some rough chopped onion, garlic, carrot and onion.  Place in the oven.  Occassionally I add some water to the pan to prevent scorching and also I think it keeps the bird moist.  It takes about 45min this way.  It comes out perfect every time and while the breast is resting I make a nice pan gravy with the roasted veggies and drippings.
Joined Apr 3, 2010
This is a versatile item, you can grill it,  bar bq it, braise it, roast it . Doesn't matter how you do it it will most likely come out good. On roasting it I cover mine with a piece of foil in the beginning, but only if it is skinless.
Joined Feb 1, 2007
Ed is right on both counts, Pcieluck. You tie the roast to create a uniform thickness, same as you'd do with a pork loin.

Place your ties about an inch apart, tightening them just enough so the breast forms a cylinder of consistent diameter.

Cooking time will depend on weight, and whether or not you stuff the breast. Assuming unstuffed, and that you either sear it or start it at high heat (like 475F), a 3-pound breast will take 45-60 minutes at 350F. A 5-pounder will go about an hour and 15 minutes.

Best bet, though, is to use a thermometer. You want the internal temperature to reach 165-170F. Then, by letting the roast rest for 15-20 minutes, it will reach 180F, where it belongs.

I'm not a big fan of brining, so will let others answer that part for you.
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