Holiday Menu: Cider-Brined Turkey Breast

Holiday Menu: Cider-Brined Turkey Breast

Traditional turkey dinners with all the trimmings can be rather overwhelming if you don't have a big guest list. This menu captures all the great flavors of Thanksgiving, but with less work and fewer leftovers.

Our starter is an elegant butternut squash and chestnut soup, followed by a main course of fresh turkey breast that's been brined in apple cider to keep it moist and flavorful.

Sides include a savory bread pudding in place of stuffing, roasted Yukon gold potatoes and homemade applesauce, and, for a sweet finale we made a beautiful, seasonally-inspired upside down cake.

first course

Roasted Butternut Squash and Chestnut Soup

Roasted butternut squash, chestnuts, apple cider and cream make a velvety, rich soup that makes a deliciously elegant starter for your Thanksgiving feast.
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main course

Apple Cider Brined Turkey Breast

This mildly sweet brine not only adds great flavor to the turkey, it ensures that the meat is moist, tender and juicy. To accent the flavor even more, we added some apple cider to the gravy as well.
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side dishes

Not-So-Classic Green Bean Casserole

This recipe is actually a savory bread pudding that captures all the flavors of a classic green bean casserole using all fresh ingredients. It's a great choice to serve in place of bread stuffing.
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Roasted Garlic And Thyme Potatoes

Small Yukon-gold potatoes, simply roasted with garlic, butter and fresh thyme are an easy-to-make alternative to mashed potatoes that everyone will love. Believe it or not, they're yummy dipped in the turkey gravy too!
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Fresh Cardamom Spiced Applesauce

Fresh applesauce is so easy to make and so much more flavorful than store-bought. This version uses a combination of cinnamon and cardamom for a nicely spiced side that is delicious with our turkey breast.
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Cranberry-Orange Upside Down Cake

Tart fresh cranberries and sweet, juicy oranges make a tangy, delicious topping for this moist and buttery upside-down cake.
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