My favorite family memories are when we gather together for the holidays, and end up in the kitchen together preparing our meal. Everyone in my family likes to be involved in our holiday preparations including my grandkids who love to chop the vegetables and help to create an indulgent dessert everyone will love. Once the menu has been set, I begin to plan how to decorate the table and discuss our choice of wines to best compliment the meal with my husband. Although we vary the menu for other holidays, Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same for my family if we didn’t celebrate the holiday with a big, succulent roast turkey with all the fixings. There are times however when the entire family cannot get together for Thanksgiving, and at those times I need to downsize my menu and think turkey breast instead of twenty-pound turkey. Roasting a whole turkey may seem a bit over the top if you do not have a crowd coming to dinner, but cooking a single turkey breast will allow you to still enjoy the traditional flavors of Thanksgiving without having to spend the entire day in the kitchen. If you are feeding just a few instead of a crowd for the holidays, a turkey breast will also prevent you from having to deal with pounds of turkey leftovers as well.
Pairing our meal with the perfect wine is an important step that I am getting better and better at over the years. I do prefer white wine over red, so I wanted a crisp white wine to serve with my roasted turkey breast. Cavit Pinot Grigio has a light, clean, elegant taste with subtle flavors of citrus and green apple, and a delicate floral aroma which has made it America’s #1 Pinot Grigio wine. As well as complimenting roast turkey, Cavit Pinot Grigio also goes well with pasta in cream sauce, risottos, veal, chicken, and seafood dishes. When serving a white wine such as Cavit Pinot Grigio, the perfect temperature is 45 degrees F. If you have red wine lovers at your table as well, Cavit Pinot Noir is another option.
The Cavit winery is in Trentino, Italy, a picturesque landscape of mountains, lakes, apple orchards and medieval castles in northern Italy. Vineyards in this unique region enjoy the warming effects of the “Ora del Garda,” a dry, balmy breeze that sweeps across nearby Lake Garda and protects the fruit from moisture and disease, while the cooler evenings promote rich, intense aromas and flavors in the grapes. Combining more than a half-century of winemaking experience, the Cavit wine collection also includes Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Red Blend. Check out the Cavit website for more information about their wines as well as a virtual tour of their vineyards.
I stuffed this turkey breast with a mixture of chopped mushrooms and chestnuts, and once rolled and tied, it takes less than an hour in the oven to roast. To ensure my turkey breast would still feel like a traditional holiday meal, I prepared a turkey stock the day before to make gravy, and also made my favorite cranberry sauce to compliment the turkey as well. I poured a cup of Cavit Pinot Grigio wine into the bottom of my roasting pan to help to keep the turkey very moist while baking, and basted it a few times with the juices as it cooked. After the turkey had finished roasting, I added the leftover juices to my gravy for extra flavor. Once roasted and sliced, I served the turkey with the gravy alongside a spoonful of vibrantly flavored cranberry sauce. I paired the turkey with roasted sweet potatoes mashed with butter, cinnamon, and maple syrup, and tender crisp green beans tossed with a garlic flavored olive oil and topped with toasted sliced almonds completed my holiday menu. The turkey was moist and tender, the sides complimented it perfectly, and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal with our glasses of Cavit Pinot Grigio.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Cavit wines. The post is completely my own based on my own experience.
Deborah Mele 2017
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