Turkey has so much more to offer than just a side dish to mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy. The best way to roast a turkey breast is really pretty simple, and yes, it can take only 30 minutes to cook. I use the same technique to cook turkey breasts as I do when I roast a chicken. To add flavor, I add softened butter under the skin, so that as the turkey cooks, the butter melts into the meat. I cook the turkey breast with a bit of white wine added to the high rimmed baking sheet.
You must try this for your holiday turkey, you will not be disappointed! This is the only way we make turkey, EVER! Especially since oven space is valuable around the holidays. Why high heat?
If you're cooking an entire turkey this Thanksgiving, you already know that it takes a little bit of creativity to get it to cook just right -- and there's no one perfect method for every home chef. If you're not careful, you'll overcook the white meat to make sure the dark meat's cooked, because dark meat tends to take a little bit longer than white. But there's a tried-and-true trick to get the whole bird to cook evenly throughout, with all parts of it coming out moist, golden and flavorful: You just have to cook it breast-side down. Because white meat also known as the breast is more exposed to the heat than the dark meat the drumsticks, thighs and wings , it tends to cook a lot faster than the dark meat. Your turkey might look golden-crusted, but you could pull it out of the oven and cut into it only to find that it's not nearly cooked all the way through.