Saturday, November 21, 2020

Small-Group Thanksgiving Celebration...Featuring Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Air Fryer Turkey Breast #thanksgiving2020 #airfryer #turkeybreast #pomegranate #honey

Thanksgiving is less than a week away...can you believe it? Like many other things in this crazy 2020, the way we celebrate this year is going to be very different for most of us. My family is forgoing our annual Thanksgiving lunch with extended family...opting for a smaller at-home meal for five instead. We don't want to chuck tradition out the window...we simply need to rethink our approach. Instead of a huge turkey, why not roast a turkey breast instead? They're perfectly sized for smaller groups! Today, I'm sharing a modern spin on classic turkey via my Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Air Fryer Turkey Breast. I made today's recipe in my new Hamilton Beach® 11 Liter Digital Air Fryer. Its large capacity provides plenty of room to roast a 3.5-pound turkey just over an hour...using circulated heated air! I used the air fryer's preset Chicken function and easy-peek glass window to keep an eye on the turkey breast as it roasted. 

Cooking with an air fryer saves time in the kitchen, because it cooks food faster than a traditional oven. It also frees oven space to cook your other Thanksgiving menu items! The end result is a turkey breast that's tangy and mildly spicy outside, while remaining juicy and tender inside. That's a mighty hard trick to achieve with white meat turkey! Before being roasted, the turkey breast is liberally seasoned with a quick homemade spice rub. After an initial 15-minute roast, the sweetly tangy pomegranate-honey glaze is brushed on the turkey breast in two additions as it continues roasting. The finished turkey breast is served on a platter, sprinkled with jewel-like pomegranate seeds, and accompanied by simply roasted baby potatoes. It makes a beautiful centerpiece to your Thanksgiving table! 

Pomegranate-Honey Glazed
Air Fryer Turkey Breast
adapted from Cooking Light
Ingredients (serves 4-6 people):
  • Bone-in turkey breast, 3-4 pounds
  • Pomegranate seeds (for garnish)
For the spice rub:
  • 1 Tbs. poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley 
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
For the glaze:
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 whole garlic clove, peeled and smashed
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. white pepper
For serving: baby potatoes OR diced sweet potatoes -- tossed with 1-2 Tbs. olive oil, salt & pepper -- then roasted in the air fryer at 400℉ for 15-20 minutes.

Step 1: Make the spice rub by adding the poultry seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper, parsley, and paprika in a small bowl. Stir to combine. Rinse the thawed turkey breast and pat dry with paper towels. Evenly apply the rub to the turkey breast, pressing firmly to ensure an even coating. Heat air fryer to 400℉. Place the turkey breast in the air fryer skin side down, and cook for 20 minutes.
Step 2: While the turkey breast cooks, make the glaze. Add the pomegranate juice, honey, red wine vinegar, garlic clove, and salt & pepper to a non-stick saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook until the mixture has reduced to 1/2 cup of syrupy glaze. After the initial 20-minute roast, remove the turkey breast from the air fryer and liberally brush with half of the pomegranate glaze.
Step 3: Roast the glazed turkey breast for an additional 20 minutes, then repeat the glazing step above. Bake for a third 20-minute interval, then test for doneness. Place a meat thermometer inside the deepest part of the turkey breast; it's done when the internal temperature reaches 160℉. If the temperature is too low, continue to roast in 5-minute intervals and recheck until you meet this requirement.
Step 4: Let the roasted turkey breast rest on a platter for approximately 15 minutes before slicing -- this gives the juices a chance to redistribute. If your baby potatoes are prepped while the turkey is roasting, this is a perfect pocket of time to roast them in the air fryer. To serve, surround the turkey breast platter with the roasted potatoes. Just before serving, sprinkle the entire platter with pomegranate seeds.
This turkey is delicious, and it comes out of the air fryer perfectly cooked! The outside is lightly spiced from the rub...and tangy-sweet from the delicious pomegranate-honey glaze. The best part is that the turkey meat inside is juicy and flavorful. If you're not typically a lover of white meat because it's dry and flavorless? This recipe will definitely change your mind! The roasted potatoes are a perfect pairing for this turkey...and the pomegranate seeds provide a really nice pop of color and flavor to the finished dish. 

Who says a smaller than usual Thanksgiving 2020 means we have to forego a traditional turkey dinner? With a few tweaks -- and a menu of scaled down menu items like this air fryer-roasted and glazed turkey breast -- we can serve a scaled-down dinner that everyone gathered will love! Speaking of turkey? 
I just couldn't resist sharing this picture of Maggie -- my little Thanksgiving turkey -- to bring y'all a Thanksgiving smile! On Monday, I'll be sharing a scaled-down homemade cranberry sauce flavored with orange and maple. If you've only had cranberry sauce from a can, your mind will be blown! Not only is it a snap to make? The flavor is fresh...and the chunky texture is really nice. 

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