In a recent Prime Cuts Wild Game Edition episode, host and award-winning chef David Bancroft teamed up with Bone Collector star Michael Waddell to demonstrate two ways to prepare wild turkey. While Michael’s jalapeño-dill turkey nuggets (complete with “his and hers” dipping sauces) were a surefire crowd pleaser, David’s grilled, sous vide turkey breast was in a class of its own.
Why use Sous Vide Good for Turkey Breasts?
Sous vide cooking is the process of sealing food in an airtight container—usually a vacuum-sealed bag. It’s then cooked in temperature-controlled water. Professional chefs in nearly all of the best restaurants across the Americas and Europe use this technique. It maximizes the flavor and texture of their food preparations. Because of the prices of at-home sous vide, it hasn’t been easily available to the masses. Now, thanks to the advent of low-cost circulators, home cooks can explore the possibilities of this method, too.
The sous vide turkey breast cooking technique is especially useful for wild-game recipes because it cooks evenly all the way through. Meaning the meat is cooked to the same temperature from the edge to center. When using this method, you’ll notice that your wild game is significantly more juicy and flavorful. This is because the meat braises in its own juices, and is infused with the flavors seasoned in the bag.
In this recipe, David uses a sous vide cooker to poach a wild-turkey breast to 145 degrees before searing it on the grill. It’s a pretty interesting, and different, way to prepare your wild-turkey. The result is a perfectly cooked and juicy sous vide wild-turkey breast—prepared backyard style!
Pair your sous vide turkey with these sides:
Once your wild-turkey breast is grilled to perfection, try serving it with “his and hers” dipping sauces. Those sauces are featured in Michael Waddell’s jalapeno-dill turkey nuggets recipe, a can’t-miss delicious experience!