Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Just not digging the white meat

Honey-Glazed Turkey Breast
The New Holly Clegg Trim & Terrific Cookbook Copyright 2002, 2006

1 (5-pound) turkey breast
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 ½ teaspoons dried rosemary leaves

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line your pan with foil! Trust me.

Remove the skin from the turkey breast and discard; place the breast in a roaster pan. Season with the salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, mix together the honey, mustard and rosemary. Pour half the glaze over the turkey breast, and bake, uncovered for about 2 hours or until the meat thermometer registers 170 to 175 degrees F in the thickest part of the breast. You may need to add a little water to the bottom of the pan.

I was going to keep the skin on but after an hour and half, the skin was pretty much an almost black mess so I removed it. Would that have happened anyway if I had removed the breast first? Would I still have had a blackened mess that I couldn't remove? I just don't know.

During the final 15 minutes of baking, brush the remaining glaze over the turkey breast. Serve.

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Per serving: 188 cal, 33g pro, 8g carbs, 1g fat, 0g fiber, 95mg chol, 152mg sodium

I bought this turkey breast on markdown some time ago and it was time to make it. I'm trying to clean out the entire freezer this time. Usually I make it only so far before I start restocking it and then a few things always end up getting thrown out.

As I mentioned yesterday, white meat just isn't doing much for me these days. This glaze was delicious but it doesn't really penetrate into the meat. It does make for an attractive presentation though since the glaze makes the skinless breast look pretty.

I would use this glaze on something else but I don't think I'll be roasting any turkey breasts again any time soon.

I suspect that my oven might be dying again. I've replaced the element twice already. I seem to be able to get 2 years out of an element. Do I replace the element a third time? It's a cheap ($30-$40) and easy fix but the rest of the stove isn't that great. It's the only major appliance that hasn't been replaced yet. It's white (my other appliances are bisque - even the hood is not white). It's got coils and I'm constantly replacing the drip pans since they get yucky looking and cleaning them doesn't help. The knobs are mostly missing or broken. I looked into replacing the knobs but that would be in the range of $60 and not worth it.

So is it time to replace the stove? My hesitance is that as crappy as my stove is, it's probably better made than anything I can afford to replace it with. I mean, it wasn't a great stove in it's day either but it seems that as time goes by, appliances are becoming more and more disposable. I replaced a dishwasher that was 20 years old and only had a broken hose but I wanted something 'new' and that 'new' dishwasher only lasted about 2 years before I was replacing it again.

Question of the Day: What kind of stove do you have? Do you like it?


Lisa said...

we have a Jenn-Air gas down-draft slide-in range/convection oven. It came with the house. I really like it.

Sheila said...

I had a one of the glass top stoves when we moved into this house. It started dying a couple of years ago--well--the electronic panel started dying--that was supposed to be between $250 and $300 to replace--heck, I could get a stove for just a little more so that is what I did. I got a Kenmore coil top stove. I also replaced the hood as the old one was only 13 inches from the top of the stove and I think that had something to do with the electronics burning out--the heat just stayed there--it couldn't dissipate(that spelling just looks wrong!! HA) Any way, the new stove and hood are working so well--I just love it. I would never have another glass top--there are too many things you can't do with them--like canning or using the pressure cooker for quick meals. If I had a choice, I would have gone with gas but we can't afford to have a gas line put in.

Rebel In Ontario said...

I have an in-wall electric oven and a gas cooktop in my island. When we moved in I had a solid element electric cooktop which I changed out as soon as we could (my parents bought us the gas cooktop as a wedding present more than 10 years ago now).

Annie Jones said...

When we moved here 3 years ago, I was excited the house came with a gas range. It's about 15 years old, and the back panel (where the timer and clock are) is melted from a previous owner's mishap, but I absolutely love it.

If/when we need to replace it, we'll get another gas range, probably one with the fifth burner in the center.

Ideally, I'd like a gas cooktop built in to the countertop and an in-wall electric convection oven at shoulder level. Unfortunately that would require a major re-do of our kitchen, so I doubt that ever happens.

Randi said...

We have a GE profile dual fuel convection oven. About a month after the warranty expired, it needed a repair. I bought an extended warranty thank god as the one repair didnt do the trick and the guy was out here 3 times on the same issue. That repair alone would have cost what the extended warrenty cost us. My gram had her stove for 30yrs before she replaced it( and then she died a few months later)

Btw, I like to make a turkey breast in those reynolds oven bags, they stay moist that way.

Anonymous said...

We have a 3 year old Kenmore gas cook top with five burners and continuous grates (which is very convenient) The old top was bisque and the new black one is much harder to keep looking clean (it gets dusty!) We have not had any problems with it.

Anonymous said...

We bought this house in 2000 and it was built in 1983. It has the original counter-top electric Tappan. It looks pretty "used", but works fine. The oven is in a wall and was replaced sometime before 2000, so it's newer. I hope you're able to get a new stove.