Sweet Orange BBQ Turkey and a side of Fresh Garden Veggies (with a Garlic Basil Buttermilk Dressing)


Serves 2-4 depending how hungry everyone is.

Things You’re Gonna Need:

2/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup orange juice (no pulp)
3 Tbsp snipped fresh cilantro… eww… not for me. I go with parsley, kids.
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 turkey breast tenderloin (about 1 pound), split in half horizontally; or 4 skinless, turkey breasts, skin removed

1/4 tsp. of sea salt
2 Tbsp of mayo
1 Tbsp of cider vinegar
1/3 cup of buttermilk
2 Tbsp. of fresh basil all snipped up.
Some tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 cup of thinly sliced cucumber

BBQ Turkey

Whatcha Gotta Do:

  1. In a wee little saucepan combine ketchup, orange juice, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro parsley, 2 cloves of the  garlic, cumin, and black pepper. Bring to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Transfer 1/3 cup of the sauce to a small bowl and keep remaining sauce warm.
  2. Either grill or broil in the oven your turkey pieces. Cook for about 12 minutes per side (depending on thickness). With about 2 minutes left on the last side, brush on that 1/3 cup of BBQ sauce.
  3. Slice turkey and serve with remaining sauce. Garnish with remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro parsley.
  4. You are gonna put it on a plate with this (that you made earlier while the turkey was cooking – always read ahead!):
    1. Make a paste of the remaining garlic cloves by smushing them with the side of your knife.
    2. In a bowl, whisk the garlic with the mayo until smooooth.
    3. Whisk in the buttermilk.
    4. Stir in the basil.
    5. Pour the dressing over some tomatoes and cucumbers, arranged nicely on plates.

Eat it.


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