Delicious One Pan Turkey Roast Dinner is a prep, set & forget type of meal. It serves two, but you can easily multiply the ingredients if necessary. This is a great example of a small, but clever effort returning a fantastic result, which you’ll be proud to share with your loved ones on that special day. Yes! I’m saying you don’t have to slave all day in the kitchen to serve a traditional, tasty roast! Rub some butter onto your turkey, toss your veggies in oil, season, place all in one pan, set to roast and get on with things that really matter. I’ll show you how!
Ever since my One Pan Roasted Pork Roast with Sweet Potato, Pear, Apple and Garlic recipe I’ve been enjoying cooking quick, one pan meals for both convenience of things and time saving reasons. (This particular recipe proved to be extremely popular and has now more than 80k repins on Pinterest!) For these exact reasons I want to share today a holiday season take on a one pan roast dinner.
I am a part of a small household, which doesn’t need a massive bird for Christmas and tons of turkey leftovers afterwards. Don’t get me wrong – I love Turkey & I love Christmas, but I dread the thought of ridiculous amount of leftovers to deal with afterwards. (Of course, sometimes it is difficult to avoid so as a resourceful cook I have a nice collection of tasty leftovers recipes up my sleeve too! I especially love Leftover Turkey Corn Chowder and Coronation Turkey Sandwich.)
If you don’t have children or relatives joining you for your Christmas meal there is no need to cook for an army. If this sounds like something you can associate with then One Pan Turkey Roast Dinner is a right fit for you!
Easy One Pan Turkey Roast Dinner ready in 1h and all made from scratch!
Actually, I could say 15min prep One Pan Turkey Roast Dinner…. Because it only takes about 15 min to prepare everything before it goes in the oven. Not possible? Oh, yes, it is!
If you use smaller cuts of turkey instead of a whole bird the cooking time drops right down. Did you know that one half of 2 pound heavy turkey breast on bone will cook in under 1 hour? Most traditional roast dinner vegetables like potatoes, brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips will cook beautifully in the same time and temperature as well.
You see, we’re so used to cooking smaller cuts of poultry on a regular basis so the result is also easier to predict! What I’m saying is: cook within your means and not because there is so much talk about cooking a whole bird.
You don’t have to cook the whole bird if there isn’t enough mouths to feed it to. That’s not what the holiday season is really about. Knowing how much hunger and poverty there is around the world, why would you want to anticipate tons of leftovers and waste in the first place? Buy a part of the big bird and donate the difference in money to feed the hungry before the Boxing Day. You’ll make someone feel better, you’ll feel better about yourself and you will feel the real holiday season spirit – all for all the right reasons!
- Circa 2.0 - 2.5 lb turkey breast on bone
- 1 pound potatoes, cut to bite size pieces
- ½ brussels sprouts, trimmed
- ½ carrots or parsnips, cut to bite size pieces
- A generous splash of olive oil
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened (and more to scatter on your veggies if you like)
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves, finely chopped
- 10 garlic cloves, skins on
- Salt & pepper
- Favourite poultry seasoning for the turkey
- Also, while your meal is roasting check out this delicious Caramelized Onion & Black Garlic Gravy recipe, which you can make meanwhile!
- Preheat oven to 450F(232C).
- Mix butter with thyme leaves.
- Gently separate skin from flesh on turkey breast with your fingers creating a pocket like opening and spread ½ the butter mixture inside.
- Massage rest of butter mixture all over the top of the breast, season it with your favourite poultry seasoning or salt & pepper.
- Place your turkey breast in a large ovenproof pan with enough space for the veggies.
- Toss all vegetables, including the unpeeled garlic cloves, in olive oil, season them with salt and pepper and when done pour it all into the pan around the turkey breast. (Scatter some extra butter for crisp finish on your veggies.)
- Place the uncovered tray on a middle shelf of your oven and turn the oven temperature down to 375F (190C).
- Roast for 50-55 minutes until the breast and veggies are cooked through properly.