Coffee-Glazed Turkey

October 12, 2010

Coffee-Glazed Turkey

Turkey sandwiches are easy and delicious picnic fare or as a take-along meal for a road trip. This recipe uses some in-the-pantry ingredients with a turkey breast to extend the flavor from sea to shining sea. You’ll love this as an entrée for dinner guests as much as for a wonderfully twist to sandwich fillings. Actually, this is so good, double up the recipe and serve one for dinner, and one for sandwiches the next day - it’s that good!

This recipe makes enough turkey to make 12 small and 6 generous sandwiches.

Coffee-Glazed Turkey Ingredients: 
1 cup molasses 
1 jar apricot jam (12 ounce size) 
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 
1 tablespoon brown grainy mustard
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
3/4 cup strongly brewed coffee
1 raw turkey breast, about 5 to 5 ½ pounds (leave skin on to achieve a moister taste)

Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Lightly grease a 7”x11” pan. 
Lightly grease a sheet of aluminum foil, enough to cover the breast loosely. 
Brew the coffee using at least one tablespoon more of coffee than usual then cool slightly. 
In a medium-size bowl, pour in the coffee, then add the molasses, jam, vinegar, mustard, salt and vanilla. 
Pour off 1 cup of the glaze to use later. Score the turkey breast to absorb more of the glaze. 
Place the turkey on the pan and pour the glaze evenly. 
Cover loosely with an aluminum foil sheet then place the pan on the lower rack of the oven and bake, at 350°F. for 1 hour, basting with the sauce in the pan about every 15 minutes. 
Uncover the pan, and bake 1 to 1 ½ hours again basting every 15 minutes or so. 
Use a meat thermometer to determine doneness which should register at 170°F., in the thickest part of the breast. 
Remove the breast from the oven and set aside to cool then refrigerate. 
Refrigerate remaining sauce. 
To make sandwiches the next day, slice the turkey and place on your favorite bread or rolls. 
Spoon on a tablespoon or two of the glaze, add fresh spinach, arugula or lettuce and thick slices of tomato. 
Add another tablespoon of the sauce and cover with the second piece of bread. 
Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and add to your other picnic goodies.

Nutritional Information by 
Calculated for a serving size of 1 (Each serving size is 245 grams) 
Recipe yields 6 servings Nutrient Name Amount per Serving % Daily Value 
Calories 900 N/A 
Calories from Fat 240 N/A 
Total Fat 27 g 42% 
Saturated Fat 7 g 35% 
Trans Fat 0 g  
Cholesterol 245 mg 82% 
Sodium 720 mg 30% 
Total Carbohydrates 79 g 26% 
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0% 
Sugars 52 g  
Protein 83 g  
Vitamin A 140 IU 2% 
Vitamin C 5 mg 8% 
Calcium  20% 
Iron  40%