Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


“What is sauce for the goose may be sauce for the gander but is not necessarily sauce for the chicken, the duck, the turkey or the guinea hen.” Alice B. Toklas, Writer

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The nutrition information for this recipe includes the skin. Most nutritionists will tell you to not eat chicken or turkey skin because that’s where all the fat is. Dr. Gourmet recipes that use chicken follow this guideline, but this recipe is really designed for special occasions. Eat the skin if you like because holidays are the time to splurge and roast turkey is the perfect comfort food to splurge on.


Roasting is dry cooking food in an oven in a large uncovered pan. The last three words of this definition are the key. By not covering the food, the heat creates a crusty brown exterior, sealing in moisture. The pan should be large enough that the moisture that does escape from the food evaporates quickly; otherwise the steam will keep the food from browning properly.

Tender meats are ideally suited for roasting because dry cooking is not sufficient to break down the fibers in tougher cuts. Examples like tenderloin, prime rib or top round should be roasted, while chuck is best cooked with moist heat (see Braising). Fish and fowl are ideal for roasting.

When roasting vegetables it is important to have a large pan so that they will and not touch each other. I try to leave at least 1/4 of the bottom of the pan exposed and stir the vegetables often.


Maple Sage Turkey Breast

Servings = 8 | Serving size =4 ounces turkey breast

Cooking Time = 150 Minutes

This recipe does make great leftovers as sandwiches, but you can also use the leftovers in Roasted Turkey, Wild Rice and Cranberry Salad. Here are instructions in photos!

Serve with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Plain Mashed Potatoes or Mashed Yams or Cornbread Dressing or Plain Mashed Potatoes - Low Sodium Version or Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes - Low Sodium Version


Serve with Roasted Beets or Parmesan Squash. or Herbed Zucchini or Green Beans with Red Onion or Zucchini with Sun Dried Tomatoes or Zucchini with Sun Dried Tomatoes - Low Sodium Version or Yellow Squash and Onions

1 3 lb. bone in turkey breast
1 large white onion (peeled and cut into eighths)
2 Tbsp fresh sage leaves
1/2 tsp peppercorns
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 tsp salt

Maple Sage Turkey Breast recipe from Dr. Gourmet

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Rinse the whole turkey breast in cold water and pat dry.

Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Place the onion pieces in the bottom on top of the aluminum foil in a mound.

Scatter the salt, sage, thyme, and peppercorns over the top of the onions.

Place the turkey breast on top of the onions (skin side up) and cover lightly with aluminum foil, then place the pan inside the preheated oven. Roast for 30 minutes, then turn the roasting pan 180° in the oven (to make sure the turkey roasts evenly). After another half hour remove the aluminum foil. Top with 1/4 cup of the maple syrup and return the pan to the oven.

After another 30 to 45 minutes, baste the turkey with the juices from the bottom of the pan and add the other 1/4 cup maple syrup. If the skin is getting too crispy, you can put the foil back over the top. Cook until the internal temperature of the breast meat is 160°F.

Remove to a cutting board and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving.

While the turkey is resting, skim the excess fat from the bottom of the roasting pan and discard. Place the roasted onions, herbs and remaining liquid in a blender and puree until smooth. Add up to 1/2 cup chicken stock to the desired thickness (it might take less, but if it is still not thin enough, use a little water - about a tablespoon at a time).

Reheat the sauce gently and serve over the sliced turkey.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 4 ounces turkey breast

Servings = 8


Amount Per Serving

Calories 198 Calories from Fat 55
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 9%
    Saturated Fat 2g 8%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 202mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
    Sugars 13g
Protein 19g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 3% Iron 8%
Vitamin K 2 mcg Potassium 324 mg
Magnesium 26 mg