|Baked Turkey Breast. I used a glass pan this time, but later learned stoneware pans make it better. Mmmm.|
As always, I recommend only 3 oils for baking: coconut oil (high quality), butter, or pastured lard (animals store toxins in their fat, so buy toxic free animal fat!). Where do I get pastured lard? I just buy it from the farmer I buy my pastured meat from. If you are unsure how to go about this, eatwild.com is a great source, or check out your local farmer's market - but be sure to ask questions! Just because the farmer is at the market, it doesn't mean s/he is practicing pastured farming.
So, I have heard from a chef that washing your chicken/turkey/etc before cooking is pointless, since the heat kills anything on the skin. Makes sense to me, I skip this step now. But, it's up to you.
Baked Turkey Breasts
1.5 lbs of turkey breasts (or any amount, really)
coconut oil, butter, or pastured lard
sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Place the breasts in a baking pan- I recommend stoneware, it makes tastier meat. Spoon a little oil/lard/butter on top of each breasts and then use your hands to cover each breast with oil. Top with salt and pepper. Bake in pre-heated oven from 18 - 45 minutes- depending on the size of your breasts, until cooked through and golden brown on top. You could use a meat thermometer to test if the internal heat has reached 155˚F in the center (it will rise to 160˚ while resting). I usually eyeball it, wait for it to get slightly golden on top, take it out, and sometimes I just cut the biggest piece and check. Of course, you'll lose valuable resting time if you do this, but I do it anyway! I can never find the meat thermometer. When it's done, let it rest 10 minutes before slicing. Keep in fridge for up to 5 days.