I have lately been on a holiday kick on FTY! I just love the holiday season, and all of the food associated with it! Here is a holiday turkey recipe brought to you by the California Strawberry Commission. This sweet strawberry glaze will be a delicious change from your ordinary cranberry sauce that you're so used to having year after year. Although I must say I do love cranberry sauce but sometimes changing it up makes dinnertime more interesting! I think your guests will be surprised as well. Give this a try at your next gathering!

Recipe and photo from the California Strawberry Commission. Permission was granted prior to posting.

*Disclaimer: the recommendation to use California strawberries is strictly from the California Strawberry Commission and from the creator of this recipe. Food Tastes Yummy does not fully endorse products.*

Serves 8

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F

Baking time: 1-1/2 hours

Glaze Ingredients:
  • 2 cups California Strawberries, crushed
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon rind, grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced

Turkey Ingredients:
  • 1 single turkey breast (about 3 lb), boneless
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp lemon rind, grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Bring first nine ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, 25 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and cool. Reserve 1 ½ cups sauce; cover and chill.

With fingers, loosen skin at the thickest part of the turkey breast. Slide fingers under skin to loosen and make pocket, leaving skin intact on 3 sides. Press thyme, lemon rind, salt and pepper into pocket, pressing skin to spread evenly.

Place turkey, skin side up, in a small shallow roasting pan. Spread with ¾ cup of the maple-strawberry sauce; cover loosely with aluminum foil and roast at 325°F for 45 minutes; uncover and bake 45 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer registers 185°F, basting with remaining ¾ cup maple-strawberry sauce every 15 minutes.

Transfer turkey to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with reserved

Tip: The maple-strawberry sauce can also be used on a whole turkey – perfect for a holiday dinner.    

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