Super Food: Turkey with Blueberry Pan Sauce

Turkey with Blueberry Pan SauceJust in time for Thanksgiving, our expert contributor Deb Cantrell shares a turkey recipe that packs the Super Food power of blueberries for a sweet twist on the seasonal favorite!

Blueberries – Berries (of all kinds) are rich in vital nutrients, yet low in calories. They are sweet, yet a low-glycemic food. They are excellent sources of potassium, pure water, water-soluble fibers, and flavonoids, which serve as protection against environment stress.

Berries alter the body’s reaction to allergens, viruses, and carcinogens. They are also a good source of the anti-cancer compound ellagic acid. Blueberries contain a long list of phytonutrients, which function both as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds in the body.

Turkey with Blueberry Pan Sauce

Yield / Serves: 4


  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1-tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1-teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1-pound turkey tenderloin
  • 2-tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots (about 2 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar



1. Preheat oven to 450.
2. Sprinkle salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary and poultry seasoning over turkey on both sides. Brush both sides with 1-tablespoon olive oil.  Place turkey in a roasting pan. Roast until the turkey is just cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the turkey to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
3. Place the skillet over medium heat. Add 1-tablespoon olive oil. Add shallots and garlic cook, stirring constantly, until the shallots begin to brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add blueberries and vinegar. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally and scraping up any brown bits, until the blueberries burst and release their juice and the mixture becomes thick and syrupy, 4 to 5 minutes. Slice the turkey and serve with the blueberry pan sauce.

© 2011 Savor Culinary Services

Thanks to Deb Cantrell, Senior Certified Personal Chef (CPC) and Owner of Savor Culinary Services for this Super Food recipe perfect for the Thanksgiving Holiday!

For more Super Food Recipes, be sure to see our Super Food series.

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