Gourmet Galley: Well-seasoned turkey breast bakes in bag _lowres

Photo by Corinne Cook -- Baked Turkey Breast

Is a turkey breast plenty for your family, or do you prefer just the white meat?

Baking the turkey breast in a baking bag is my favorite way of cooking it. I season the turkey the same way I season a pork roast. Though what I do may be contrary to others’ opinions, I make deep slits with the point of a knife through the skin and into the flesh.

Into each slit, I push a garlic sliver, a small piece of bell pepper, a whole pimento-stuffed olive and a small pat of butter.

In the oven baking bag, I make a bed of herbs for the turkey to sit on, like three ribs of celery, a few sprigs of fresh parsley and some bell pepper. No one will ever say your turkey is bland tasting.

Make the platter look festive by garnishing it with baked sweet potatoes slices, oranges and grapes, and all of it can be eaten along with the turkey.

Corinne Cook is a columnist for The Advocate. Reach her at food@theadvocate.com.