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Bacon and Herb Roasted Turkey Breast


This delicious bacon and herb roast breast of turkey recipe is courtesy of chef Emeril Lagasse.

  • Servings: 8

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November Fall 2007


  • 3 strips thick-cut bacon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 whole turkey breast (5 1/2 to 6 pounds), rinsed and patted dry


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a shallow roasting pan or baking dish with parchment paper-lined aluminum foil.

  2. Place bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat; cook until bacon is crisp. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, reserving 1 tablespoon bacon fat. Let bacon cool.

  3. Finely chop bacon and transfer to a small bowl, along with garlic, sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using a small spoon, mix until a paste is formed.

  4. Using your fingertips, gently loosen the skin on both sides of the turkey breast so that it is separated from the flesh. Divide herb paste in half and gently spread half of the paste between each half of the breast. Season turkey with remaining teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Brush skin with reserved bacon fat.

  5. Place turkey in prepared pan and roast, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the breast reaches 165 degrees, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove turkey from oven and let rest 20 minutes before carving. Serve with any pan drippings.

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