We’re so glad you’re on board, but now you have to face the overwhelming grocery store aisles. First, ask yourself: What’s my budget? How many people am I feeding? How many leftovers do I want?
You can spend as little or as much as you want on a turkey breast, but for the best quality and flavor, we’d recommend avoiding anything boneless or found in the freezer section. Look for the words “fresh,” “free-range” and “organic”—you’ll end up with a turkey breast from a bird that lived its life cage-free, on organic feed and wasn’t treated with antibiotics. Oh, and it will taste better, too. (That doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive turkey breast on the block. Unless you’re really into turkey. You do you.)
As far as size goes, our general rule of thumb is 1.25 to 1.5 pounds of meat per person. This allots for leftovers and hungry guests, but you won’t be drowning in turkey. And FYI, smaller breasts are easier to cook and usually taste more flavorful, so you can always cook more than one if you need to.