Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy

1 hour 30 minutesServes 4-6


  • 1 (2 lb) boneless, skinless turkey breast (netting attached)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 c turkey stock
  • 3 tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh poultry herb mix leaves (or equal parts thyme, sage and rosemary)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 large lemons, finely zested (about 2 lightly packed tsp)
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper


  • 2 c turkey stock
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp dry sherry or brandy
  • 2 tsp whole grain mustard
  • ½ c cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


For the turkey: Heat oven to 450°F. Blot turkey dry with paper towels. Sprinkle all over with 2 tsp salt and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Place carrot, celery, and onion in a large oven-proof skillet or shallow baking pan. Pour turkey stock into skillet. Place turkey atop vegetables.

Stir together room temperature butter, herbs, garlic powder, lemon zest, paprika and pepper in a small bowl. Spread over top of turkey. Place turkey in oven.

Lower oven temperature to 350°F. Roast turkey until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 160°F, about 40-60 minutes. Transfer turkey to a cutting board to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving. Meanwhile, make the gravy.

For the gravy: Scrape the solids and liquid from the skillet into a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. Press firmly with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids. Return the strained liquid to the skillet. (If the turkey roasted in a pan, pour strained liquid into a small saucepan.)

Stir in the turkey stock. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Stir together 2 tbsp cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth, then whisk into the stock mixture. Cook while whisking slowly and steadily until mixture returns to a simmer and thickens, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the sherry or brandy and mustard. Return to a simmer. Whisk in the cream. Add the butter and whisk until melted. Whisk in the thyme.

Season generously with pepper. Taste for salt. Serve warm, with the turkey.

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