Roasted Turkey Breast and that little blue button


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Roasted Turkey Breast and that little blue button

Probably 3- 4 servings for a 3 pounder

I really wanted to cook a pot roast, but oh my goodness, the prices of pot roasts were unbelievable.  What happened to a good price for a supposedly lesser cut of beef?  So I ended up buying a 3 lb. turkey breast with a bone.  It was well priced.  Turkey breasts can be so dry sometimes so I thought that I would experiment and try to cook it in a way to increase the moistness.  Indeed, the way I cooked it worked however, that little blue button that was inserted—supposedly to tell you when it’s done—no way.  So, beware because it’s not always correct.


  1. One 3 to 5 lb. turkey breast, bone in
  2. 2- 3 Tblsp. butter or olive oil (I used butter)
  3. S&P to taste
  4. Italian seasoning
  5. Bay Leaf
  6. One small sprig of fresh rosemary
  7. 1 large chopped carrot
  8. 2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
  9. 1/2 to 1 onion chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Wash the breast, wipe it dry and season it with S&P and some Italian Seasoning.
  3. In a large oven proof skillet, melt the butter or heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  4. Add the vegetables and sauté them for about 5 minutes—till they are glistening but not browned. Remove and set them aside.
  5. In the same skillet, over medium heat, brown the turkey breast that you have seasoned with S&P and Italian seasoning. Brown each side for about 4 minutes per side.
  6. Set aside the breast and place the veggies back in the skillet.  Then place the breast over them.  Add the bay leaf and rosemary sprig.
  7. At this point, I sprayed some olive oil cooking spray over the breast.  Place the skillet in the oven.
  8. I figured that it would take 1 ½ hour to cook (30 min. per lb.).  Every 15 minutes or so, I would baste the breast with the drippings and at the 1 hour point, the blue button popped out.  So, of course, I cut into the breast and no way, Jose—it was not done.  It did take another half-hour.  But all in all, this was an easy way to cook a turkey breast and it turned out super moist and tender.

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Margot loves people and is very energetic and organized. She is also a quick study. Her background includes having renovated, owned and operated an 1887 Victorian bed and breakfast in Paso Robles, CA for 5 years. Her guests loved her and she loved her guests. What a perfect combination. Margot’s marketing skills and love of people also was used in her career as a Realtor and in participating in many charitable non-profit organizations. Margot loves to cook and to offer concierge services to people. She was born in Geneva, Switzerland.; has lived all over CA. including Beverly Hills, in the Silicon Valley area, Paso Robles, the San Joaquin Valley as well as in Sun Valley, ID. She has traveled extensively throughout the world; is a CAL alumni (go Bears!); and also speaks French fluently and Spanish semi-fluently. Her interests are people, cooking, arts, books (look at the blog book club and join if you wish), travel, sports, gardening, painting, music, playing classical piano and animals. Margot Van Horn 208-721-3551 PO Box 3788, Ketchum, ID.

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