Pimentón-Roasted Whole Turkey Breast with Chorizo
- ACTIVE: 45 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 3 HRS 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 12 to 14
A faster and incredibly moist Thanksgiving alternative, this Spanish-inspired turkey breast with chorizo and pimentón is full of smoky heat and flavor.
- 1/2 pound Spanish chorizo, cut into 1/4-inch dice
- 3 onions, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch wedges
- Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
- One 6-pound boneless skin-on whole turkey breast
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
- 1 tablespoon pimentón de la Vera (sweet smoked Spanish paprika)
- In a large skillet, cook the chorizo over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the fat starts to render, 3 minutes. Add two-thirds of the onion wedges, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened and browned, 10 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the parsley and let cool completely.
- Set the turkey breast skin side down on a work surface and season with salt. Spread the onion mixture all over the breast meat and under the tenderloins. Evenly space 5 foot-long pieces of kitchen twine under the breast. Fold the sides of the breast into the center, then tie up the turkey breast with the twine to make a neat roast.
- Spread the lemon slices and the remaining onion wedges in the center of a roasting pan. Set the turkey breast skin side up on the onions and lemons and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 425°. Brush the turkey breast with olive oil and season generously with salt. Sprinkle the pimentón all over the top and side. Roast for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, basting occasionally with any pan juices, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 160°; tent the roast with foil if it browns too quickly. Transfer the turkey breast to a carving board and let stand for 20 minutes. Thinly slice crosswise and serve.
Take a cue from the chorizo and serve this with a fruit-forward or earthy Spanish red.
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