For a small gathering, you don’t have to roast a whole turkey. Chef Ludo and Luca make a turkey breast for Thanksgiving.
TO BRINE THE TURKEY:
In a medium saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil with the salt and sugar.
Pour into a large pot, and add 2 quarts of cold water.
Once cool, submerge the turkey breasts and refrigerate overnight, or up to 24 hours.
TO MAKE THE GLAZE:
Heat oven to 375º F.
Wrap the garlic heads, thyme, rosemary, and 6 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil in aluminum foil, and roast until the garlic is soft, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Leave covered until cool enough to handle, then squeeze the garlic cloves from their skins into a food processor or blender. Add the honey, lemon juice, orange juice, 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, and chicken stock. Purée.
Cover until ready to use.
TO COOK THE TURKEY:
Pre-heat oven to 250º F.
Remove the breasts from the brine and wrap each one three times in plastic wrap, and twice in aluminum foil.
Insert an oven-safe thermometer into the center of one breast and place both on a wire rack in a roasting pan.
Add water to reach to just below the rack. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 135º F. 2 to 3 hours.
Near the end of cooking time, fill a large bowl halfway with ice water.
Remove the turkey from oven and raise temperature to 425º F.
Without removing thermometer or wrapping, submerge the turkey in the ice bath for 5 minutes.
Remove foil and plastic wrap.
Pat dry and brush glaze liberally on all sides of the breasts. Return to the oven and roast until glaze is golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with fresh thyme and serve.
TO MAKE THE GRAVY:
Whisk the flour into the melted butter and cook on low for about 1 minute.
Whisk in chicken stock and add rosemary, thyme, and garlic halves to infuse.
Bring to boil for 2-3 minutes until thickened.
Add orange juice, lemon juice, and white wine and reduce by half.
Strain and add salt and pepper to taste.