“While You Were Away” Coffee-Marinated Turkey Breast
You’ve finally gotten over your Starbucks addiction and purchased an actual grown-up coffee maker. Unless you’re regimented, you’ll always have a little leftover coffee. Instead of allowing the acidic liquid to clean your drain, save it, and in over a week you’ll probably have at least a quart of coffee that you haven’t consumed. Coffee is an excellent marinade for poultry and adds a smoky, gourmet taste to even cheaper pieces of meat. Add your meat and coffee to a slow-cooker and you’ve just prepared a dinner that will be perfecting itself while you’re in your morning meeting at the office.
1 bone-in thawed turkey breast with skin
Extra virgin olive oil
1 sliced white or yellow onion
Cracked black pepper
Wash and pat dry the turkey breast. Pour three rounds of extra virgin olive oil (circle the slow cooker three times with olive oil, this is approximately 3 tsp). Turn slow cooker on low, this will cook the breast about 7-8 hours while you’re at work. Add sliced onions and close lid while you season turkey.
Sprinkle salt, black pepper, paprika, cumin, cayenne, and dried thyme on the turkey breast skin side and let sit. Open lid and add those same ingredients liberally on the onions and olive oil while they heat.
While you’re getting dressed, putting on your makeup, etc., you’ll smell the spices kicking up, reminding you to get home on time. If you don’t smell spices, walk into the kitchen and make sure you turned on the cooker! Nothing sucks more than preparing a slow cooker meal that sat all day uncooked. Now, add the cold, leftover coffee to the slow cooker and go walk the dog.
Upon returning from Fido’s walk or just before you leave home, place the seasoned turkey breast (skin side up) in that beautiful brown liquid. Your coffee will slowly penetrate your meat, and the seasonings within the marinade will make sure both sides are equally flavorful.
8 hours later come home to the smell of amazing. No one has broken into your apartment, that’s you cooking girl!
*If you’re going to be away from home for more like 10 hours, you can cook frozen turkey breast...but it will not absorb as much flavor as if it was thawed.*