If you’re looking for a last minute recipe for the holidays – you’ve come to the right place! This blueberry thyme sauce kicks up your normal turkey and gravy to a whole new level. This recipe uses turkey tenderloin (which is the perfect option for a weeknight meal), but a turkey breast or full turkey (or chicken) will work just as well. Blueberries are that perfect balance of sweet and tart that allows them to work with both sweet and savory dishes. Mixed with the thyme makes it fun twist on the normal herb flavors you know and love. Trust me, you’re going to want to put this sauce on everything.
Turkey and Blueberry Thyme Sauce
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 lb turkey tenderloin
- 1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
Blueberry Thyme Sauce:
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup shallots
- 1 TBSP fresh thyme
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 3 TBSP balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 450 F. Chop your shallots and thyme and rinse the blueberries.
In a small bowl, mix flour, salt, and pepper. On the stove top, heat oil in a large oven-safe skillet over high heat. Dredge your turkey in the flour mixture and add to skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes to brown on one side. Flip the tenderloin and transfer into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
One the turkey is cooked through, transfer to a plate or cutting board (tent with foil to keep warm) and let it rest while you create your blueberry sauce. In the same skillet you cooked your turkey in, reheat on the stove top to medium heat. Add the shallots and thyme. As the shallots begin to soften, add the blueberries, vinegar, and salt. Scrape up the browned bits of turkey from the bottom of the pan. Let it cook down for about 5 minutes until the blueberries burst and the sauce thickens.
Then slice the turkey and top with the blueberry sauce. I served mine with some mashed sweet potatoes, but any fall vegetable or typical Thanksgiving side will pair beautifully with this dish.
And voila! An elevated turkey dinner that is perfect for the holidays, but also any day of the week.
P.S. Keep any leftover sauce and turkey – smear the sauce on some bread, add some turkey and cheese and you’ve got an AMAZING leftover sandwich
Until next time!