Thyme & Citrus Turkey Recipe | Hy-Vee


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Citrus and Thyme Homestyle Turkey

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    In addition to the delicious citrus flavors, this recipe features mashed cauliflower and a bright yellow gravy.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 6
    1 (2-to-2-1/4-lb.) head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
    2 oranges, quartered; plus orange slices for garnish
    5 sprig(s) fresh thyme, plus additional sprigs for garnish
    2 sprig(s) fresh rosemary
    1 (2-lb.) pkg. turkey breast tenderloins
    1 tbsp. Gustare Vita olive oil
    ½ tsp. kosher salt
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee black pepper, divided
    2 c. unsalted vegetable stock
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee unsalted butter
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee sour cream
    2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped, divided

    Things To Grab

    • 6-quart slow cooker
    • Paper towels
    • Aluminum foil
    • Small saucepan
    • Whisk
    • Food processor


    1. Place cauliflower florets, 2 quartered oranges, 5 thyme sprigs, and rosemary sprigs in a 6-quart slow cooker. 

    2. Pat turkey tenderloins dry with paper towels. Place turkey in slow cooker; drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add vegetable stock. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 to 3 hours or until turkey reaches 165 degrees. 

    3. Transfer turkey to cutting board; loosely cover with foil and let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, strain cooking juices; reserve 2-1/4 cups cooking juices and cauliflower. Discard remaining juices, oranges, and herb sprigs. 

    4. For gravy, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, then slowly whisk in 2 cups reserved cooking juices. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened, whisking often. Remove from heat; cover to keep warm. 

    5. Place cauliflower in a food processor. Add remaining 1/4 cup reserved cooking juices, sour cream, 1 teaspoon chopped thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and process until creamy. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon chopped thyme and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 

    6. To serve, slice turkey tenderloins. Garnish with additional thyme sprigs and orange slices, if desired. Serve with gravy and cauliflower. 

    Nutrition facts


    310 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 11g
    • Cholesterol: 75mg
    • Sodium: 340mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 17g
    • Protein: 43g

    Daily Values

    Iron 3%
    Calcium 6%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 10%