Aaron Kirk
Active Time
35 Mins
Total Time
50 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 4 oz. pork, 1 cup butternut squash)

Festive, tart, and high in vitamin C, garnet-hued pomegranate juice reduces down to a thick and glossy glaze for this head-turning turkey breast. Whether you’re looking to dress up your weeknight dinner routine or scale down your Thanksgiving celebration, lean turkey breast is a great go-to option. Pick up pre-cubed butternut squash in your grocery store’s produce section; it’s a huge time saver.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Bring juice, honey, and vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan over high, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper.

Step 2

Toss together squash, thyme, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper on a baking sheet; spread in an even layer. Roast until caramelized and tender, about 20 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium. Sprinkle turkey with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Place turkey, skin side down, in skillet. Cook until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn turkey breast, and transfer skillet to oven. Roast at 400°F for 10 minutes. Brush turkey with 2 tablespoons of the pomegranate mixture, and continue to roast until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of turkey registers 160°F, 10 to 15 minutes, brushing turkey every 2 minutes with pomegranate mixture. Remove from oven, and let stand 10 minutes.

Step 4

Transfer squash to a platter. Slice turkey across the grain, and place on platter with squash. Serve with remaining pomegranate glaze. Sprinkle with pomegranate arils and parsley.

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