Monday, February 27, 2012

Roast Turkey Breast With Glazed Vegetables

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 pound sweet potatoes, halved or quartered if large
1 pound small parsnips, peeled and halved
1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced, plus 2 tablespoons chopped fronds
1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges
1/2 cup dried apricots
2 to 3 sprigs rosemary, plus 1/2 teaspoon chopped rosemary leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 small clove garlic, minced
Grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1 skin-on, bone-in turkey breast half (3 1/4 to 4 pounds)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Whisk 1 tablespoon olive oil, the honey and 2 tablespoons water in a bowl. Put the potatoes, parsnips, fennel slices, onion, dried apricots and rosemary sprigs in a roasting pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, drizzle with the honey mixture and toss. Roast until the vegetables soften, about 30 minutes, stirring once.

Meanwhile, mix the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, the garlic, lemon zest and chopped rosemary in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture under and over the turkey skin. Season with salt and pepper and bring the meat to room temperature.

Place the turkey on top of the vegetables in the pan; roast until the skin browns and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165 degrees F, 1 hour to 1 hour, 15 minutes. (Cover with foil if the skin is getting too dark.) Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and let rest 20 minutes.

Toss the roasted vegetables with the lemon juice and fennel fronds. Slice the turkey and serve with the vegetables.

Photograph by Jonny Valiant


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Apple and Ham Salad

3 crisp apples (such as Cortland)
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 shallots, thinly sliced
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 pound deli-sliced Black Forest ham, torn into pieces
2 bunches watercress, trimmed
4 endives, sliced crosswise
Freshly ground pepper

Thinly slice the apples. Toss with the lemon juice in a large bowl.

Make the dressing: Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Whisk in the vinegar and mustard; remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Whisk in the sour cream and 1/4 cup water.

Add the dressing to the bowl with the apples. Add the ham, watercress and endives. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

Photograph by Con Poulos

SERVES 6 (SIDE); Calories: 234; Total Fat 10 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 12 grams; Total carbohydrates: 29 grams; Sugar: 12 grams; Fiber 13 grams; Cholesterol: 21 milligrams; Sodium: 818 milligrams