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     Thanksgiving Turkey

Category   Entrees - Maindishes
Sub Category   Holiday Dish

Ingredients
 

Instructions
Generously rub salt and pepper inside the cavity, along with whatever other herbs and spices you're using. This should be done alone, as anyone watching will giggle at you. You can also push seasoned butter or olive oil under the skin of the breast, and around the thighs. You can use your fingers, or push a thin silicon spatula under the skin to separate it from the meat. This not only flavors the turkey, but also helps keep it moist and juicy. Lastly, rub the outside skin of the turkey with butter or oil, and season with salt and pepper. This triple application of flavor will mean an end to bland birds.
A properly prepped turkey will go a long way to ensure a successful roasting, and a very attractive bird. These three steps are fast and easy, but make a huge difference. Pull the wing tips forward and tuck them under the breasts so they don't burn. This also keeps the turkey sitting nice and straight. After seasoning, tie the legs together with kitchen string or dental floss (plain, not minty fresh). This important step will ensure even cooking, and a beautifully shaped turkey. Loosely cover the breasts with a piece of foil. This will help keep the turkey moist, and prevent the breasts from getting too brown. Remove the foil for the last hour of roasting to brown the skin.
Cook (Not Overcook) Low and Slow in a Moist, Aromatic Oven Leave the turkey out for one hour before roasting to take the chill off. Cut two carrots, two ribs of celery, and an onion into large chunks. Place on the bottom of your roasting pan. Place the turkey, breast side up on top of the vegetables. Add about a half-inch of liquid (water or stock) to the roasting pan. This will keep the oven moist, and the turkey juicy. This aromatic liquid can be used to baste the turkey while it cooks (there is a debate whether basting does anything, but it's part of the tradition). Also, the pan drippings will be even more flavorful if you're planning to make gravy. Roast at 325 degrees F., for approximately 15-20 minutes per pound. This is just an estimate - be sure to use a meat thermometer to get a perfect doneness.
Now, if you've followed the procedures above, you are about to cut into the most delicious, juiciest turkey you've ever had, but STOP!!! Sorry, didn't mean to startle you, but you must let the turkey rest for AT LEAST 20 minutes. When you remove it from the oven, cover it very loosely with foil, and go about getting your side dishes to the table (or have a glass of wine and delegate). Don't worry, it won't get cold; a covered 20-lb turkey will stay hot for over 40 minutes, so don't rush it. Letting it rest not only gives you time to finish the gravy, and the rest of the meal, but also allows the juices in the turkey to redistribute, which is the secret to moist, tender meat.
Serving Suggestions
Remove the turkey when it reads 165 degrees F. in the thickest part of the thigh meat. Here is an approximate turkey cooking time guide for roasting a


Originally Submitted
11/20/2011





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