Not everyone has a crowd over for the holidays and for those of you who cook for two (or four depending on how you slice it!), this Brown Sugar Maple Glazed Turkey is perfect. Using just the breast here, I also give instructions for an entire bird if cooking for the family.
Dry brined for 12 hours with spices, roasted and basted with a brown sugar, maple, Sriracha sauce, this is a tasty alternative to the traditional bird. Although eating turkey doesn’t just have to be around the holidays either. I eat it quite often year round.
Dry brining is the same as the wet version, except there is no water involved. Keeps it simple and less of a clean up actually. By brining meat, you can decrease the amount of total moisture loss. That means a tender, moist turkey people.
After the turkey roasts for a while this incredible brown sugar maple glaze that has smokey paprika and Sriracha (completely optional) gets brushed on the turkey several times.
This sticky sweet and very aromatic sauce is perfect on this turkey.
So for those of you cooking for two, this is for you. Having another couple over, slice it thinner and add an extra side dish This will feed you. I have done a 2 pound breast for the two of us and gotten a 4 pound one before when we had another couple over.
Hope you try this instead of the traditional bird with gravy. If not for the big holiday, then anytime. I enjoy turkey often and when sized down to a large breast like this you are set.
Brown Sugar Maple Glazed Turkey for Two
- 4 lb turkey breast boneless
- 1 tbsp butter softened
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Sprig of fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp butter melted
- 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce (optional)
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- In a small bowl mix together the salt, pepper, sugar, paprika and garlic powder. Sprinkle turkey all over with dry brine, patting to adhere. Arrange turkey breast on top of rosemary sprig in a container and chill uncovered for 12 hours.
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Shake off any excess dry brine from turkey breast and discard rosemary. Rub turkey all over with butter. Arrange turkey on top of a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet (or roasting pan for entire turkey).
- Lower oven heat to 350°F and roast turkey breast until golden brown all over, about 40 minutes. (See Note 1 below for entire turkey ingredients and instructions.)
- While turkey is roasting: In a microwave safe bowl add the brown sugar, maple syrup, soy sauce, butter, Sriracha sauce (optional) and paprika. Cook for 2 minutes on high.
- After roasting 40 minutes, start basting every 10 minutes (roasting for another 20 minutes and/or until breast temperature is 165°F in thickest part).
- When finished roasting, remove the turkey from the oven and cover loosely with foil. Allow turkey to rest for 20 minutes before slicing.
- For a 12 pound turkey: 12 lb turkey
3 tbsp butter, softened
4 tbsp kosher salt
4 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tsp garlic powder
Sprig of fresh rosemary
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp smoked paprika Plan on 13 minutes of cooking time for every pound of turkey if roasting empty and 15 minute per pound if you’ve stuffed it. Preheat your oven to 450°F and then lower the temperature to 350°F when putting the turkey into the oven. The turkey is done when it registers a minimum of 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh. When finished roasting, remove the turkey from the oven and cover loosely with foil. Allow turkey to rest for 20 minutes before slicing.