We served this in place of glazed ham for Easter Brunch. All our guests loved it, except my father who does not like sweet food at meal time. He prefers it exclusively for dessert!
Maple-Plum Glazed Turkey Breast
To enjoy the turkey breast the day you make it, let it stand 30 minutes before carving. Serve with reserved maple-plum sauce. For variations of this recipe, Maple-Plum Glazed Turkey Tenderloins, see below.
- 2 cups red plum jam
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 (5- to 5 1/2-pound) bone-in turkey breast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 fresh sage sprigs
- Bring first 6 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 and bubbly. Remove from heat, and cool completely. Reserve 1 1/2 cups sauce; cover and chill. Set aside remaining sauce for basting.
- Loosen skin from turkey without totally detaching skin; sprinkle salt evenly under skin, and carefully arrange 4 sage sprigs on each side of breast. Replace skin, and place turkey in a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Spread 3/4 cup maple-plum sauce evenly over turkey; cover loosely with aluminum foil.
- Bake at 325° for 1 hour; uncover and bake 1 more hour or until a meat thermometer registers 170°, basting with remaining 3/4 cup maple-plum sauce every 15 minutes.
- Remove turkey from baking dish; cool. Wrap in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil, and chill 8 hours. Serve turkey at room temperature. Cook reserved 1 1/2 cups maple-plum sauce until thoroughly heated; serve with turkey.
- Maple-Plum Glazed Turkey Tenderloins: Substitute 2 (16-ounce) packages turkey tenderloins for breast. Place tenderloins on a rack in a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with salt, omitting sage. Baste with 3/4 cup maple-plum sauce. Bake at 425° for 25 to 30 minutes or until done, basting often with remaining 3/4 cup maple-plum sauce.
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