I was wondering if anyone knew this recipe? I'd appreciate your responses! - Cielo
This sounded delicious, but I had never heard of it either. I did some reading and searching but found very little in the way of instructions for basting a turkey with brandy. I did come across some promising recipes that included brandy in a glaze or in the gravy, like these: Apple Cider Turkey Breast and Apple Brandy Turkey.
This wasn't very satisfying, however, and I just could not find the specific Martha show you mentioned. So I decided to try it myself. I bought a six-pound turkey breast, rubbed it liberally with kosher salt and some pepper, slipped some sage under the skin, then put it breast down in the pan and poured about a cup of brandy over it.
It roasted at 325ºF for about an hour and a half, and then I flipped the breast over and raised the temperature to 400º for another 45 minutes, to brown the skin. I basted every half hour or so. When the breast reached an internal temperature of 170ºF I took it out.
The verdict? A very moist turkey breast with some nice glazing and flavor from the brandy on the skin, but I am unsure whether the moistness was due to the brandy or not. Ultimately, I would advise trying one of the above recipes, which look very good. Or perhaps someone has some other advice - does anyone remember that Martha episode? Does anyone else baste their turkey with brandy?