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Cooking a Boneless Turkey Crown?

My husband and I didn't get to spend Christmas together this past year as we were in the middle of organizing my spousal visa (to join him in the UK). Now that I'm here, we've decided to have Christmas tomorrow - putting up the tree, exchanging gifts, and having Christmas dinner.

Of course, it was near impossible to get a turkey in January. My husband wound up going to a local butcher shop where they sold him a 6lb "boneless turkey crown"....and I have no idea how to cook the darn thing. I did a bone-in crown in 2008 and just followed the regular roasting times (20 minutes per lb + 20 minutes at 185C), but I'm not sure if the same would apply for a boneless.

I've also read that this isn't a crown and is called a "Saddle of Turkey", but googling how to cook one of those hasn't really helped.

Advice is appreciated!

Oh, and I don't plan on trying to stuff it, so it will be the unstuffed time.


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Jan. 30th, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
The times for cooking crowns are here:
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
I looked at that last night, but my problem with it was it doesn't say if that time also works for boneless crowns (which I've never even heard of before!)
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
It tells you how to cook a turkey saddle on there, which is what you have got:


Again, use the same cooking times as for a whole bird. Remove outer packaging and place saddle breast side down in a roasting tin. Spread with softened butter and a few bacon rashers if liked. Cook in the centre of the pre-heated oven for the calculated cooking time, turning the saddle over for the last 20 minutes of cooking time. Test it is cooked by piercing the thickest part of the saddle. If the juices run clear it is ready.

I bought a meat thermometer for four pounds and I use that instead of times; however you could follow the times and poke a knife in it to see if the inside is done. Or you could go to the butcher or ring them and ask for the cooking directions.

Jan. 30th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
I read the website. My concern is that no where on that site does it state if the times are the same for a boneless crown/saddle/whatever this thing is.

Or is a saddle always boneless?
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
It says use the same cooking times as for a whole bird - in the example in the previous comment I quoted directly from the site. A boneless crown is a saddle.

Edited at 2010-01-30 10:03 am (UTC)
Jan. 30th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
that's...confusing. the hell is a saddle? i'm guessing a crown is a breast, but...gah. terminology confusion.

here it would just be a boneless breast or a bone-in breast.
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
LOL. Apparently it's called a Saddle because it looks like one
Jan. 31st, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Gotta say...didn't much look like a saddle. I did take a picture, but now I've misplaced my camera. *sigh*
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