This is the coldest spring I can ever recall. We still don’t even have leaves on our large hardwoods yet, and they are just coming out on peninsular Halifax. Regardless, the grill cover has come off and we are pretending it’s at least close to summer anyway (yeah, I know you can grill all year round, but I’ve turned into a big chicken when it comes to being cold).
This was my first time ever grilling a turkey breast and it turned out great. I was a bit nervous that it would dry out, but I think the yogurt-based marinade kept it moist, as did cooking it in foil for the first half an hour. This marinade added just a hint of flavour but the perfect amount of tandoori colour to the turkey breast, making it a perfect dish for those in the family just starting in on spices – even Chelsea enjoyed it!
To make the marinade, I mixed equal amounts of plain yogurt and Patak’s Tandoori Curry Paste. I mixed this together in a large Ziplock bag, making enough so that the turkey breast would be fully coated. I left it to marinate all day in the fridge and then removed the turkey breast from the bag and placed it on a large piece of aluminum foil that I had brushed with olive oil. I wrapped the turkey in the foil and put it on a preheated grill (around 400 degrees) and let it cook for 30 minutes. Then, I removed the turkey from the foil and continued grilling it for about 10 minutes per side, so that it had a nice charred look. This wasn’t a large breast, only about 2 pounds, so if yours is larger you will have to adjust the cooking time. I broke my cardinal rule and cut into it to make sure it was done, and the juices ran clear. I really need to buy a new meat thermometer.
We enjoyed the tandoori-spiced turkey breast sliced over a chopped salad with a creamy cilantro dressing, a perfect match. Being not quite so adventurous, Chelsea ate hers with, you guessed it, rice.
I’m pretty proud that I’ve tacked another grilling first so early… it’s going to be a great grilling season.
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