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Turkey, The Prom Queen with A Touch of Gravy

Updated: Mar 28, 2019

The Prom Queen of any Thanksgiving meal is the Turkey, with the runner-up being Ham.

But let's talk turkey. We will get to the hog in another post...….Turkey is one of my fave things in the world, no matter how you fix it: deep fried, roasted, crockpot, or even southern fried. I wanted a different take on it for that special day this time around, so I'm giving you

"Thankful Roasted Turkey Loin." In this recipe I use the loin of the turkey instead of the whole bird. In my family, after papaw passed we went to just the turkey breast cause he was the only one of us that liked the dark meat. You will be surprised at how easy this one is to do, and there's no getting up at 3 A.M. to put the bird on, so you can get a few extra hours of rest, and be "bright eyed and bushy tailed for the rest of the day."

The gravy is always the crown on any turkey, and Oh Lordy, have I pumped this one up for ya.

Thankful Roasted Turkey Loin

Jason Smith, FNS

Serves 6-8


3-pounds skinless, boneless turkey loin or chicken breast

½-cup butter

¼-cup olive oil

1-medium onion, large diced

2-cups mushrooms, diced

8-10 fresh sage leaves

Country Bling Poultry Dust:

1-tsp thyme

1-tsp rosemary

1-tsp onion powder

¼-tsp garlic powder

½-tsp tarragon

1-tsp poultry seasoning

1-tsp pepper

2-tsp salt

½-tsp smoked paprika


Drippings, onions and mushrooms from pan

2-TBSP butter

3-TBSP flour

3-cups chicken or turkey broth

Pepper to taste


· Preheat oven to 375, spray a large baking dish.

· Place the onions and mushrooms in bottom of pan, lay the sage leaves on top of mushrooms.

· Put the turkey loins in a bowl and drizzle the olive oil over and toss to coat.

· Mix the CBPD up and sprinkle over loins, rubbing in real good.

· Lay the loins over onion mushroom mix and dollop with butter.

· Cover with foil and bake till turkey is 160.

· Remove from oven and let stand for 15 mins covered.

· Take loins out after rest time and place on platter, remove sage leaves.

· Pour the onion mix into a sauce pot add the butter and melt, stir in the flour, cook over medium heat for 5-8 mins, then add the broth and pepper, cook until thick.

· Pour over turkey loins.

Tips: Make sure to stir gravy often so it don’t stick. This is a good recipe for pork loin as well.


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