Let’s talk turkey!
I meant to post this back on Thanksgiving, but I got a little busy. It’s ok, you can save it for next year. Or even if you want to do a turkey for Christmas.
Roasting a turkey seems really intimidating because turkey meat tends to dry out. It really isn’t that hard though and ever since I’ve done it this way, I’ve had a perfectly roasted turkey every year.
Start with a dry brine. You can buy one, like this great one from Williams-Sonoma, or you can make your own, which is what I did this year:
1-1/2 cups of kosher salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
About 4 tablespoons poultry seasoning (it was ½ of the small McCormick container of the poultry seasoning)
Mix together. Clean out your turkey (remove the neck and giblets bag) and dry the outside. Cover the whole bird with your brine. It’s OK to put it on really thick.
Meanwhile, make your herb compound butter:
Take 1 stick of room temperature butter (you’ll want it really soft), and mix in:
2 tablespoons fresh sage, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
Heavy pinch of salt
Put the butter in plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to use. The day you need it, take it out of the fridge and bring it back to room temperature. This butter could really be used on just about anything.
When you are ready to roast your turkey, unwrap it and rinse off all the brine. Dry it off and rub the whole thing with your compound butter. Make sure you get under the skin. This is pretty easy to do.
Put the bird in the roasting bag with some flour (see instructions on the roasting bags). I’ve also tried it where I put the bird in the bag and then put the butter on it. Either way works. I found them both to be about the same level of difficulty.
Put half an onion and all the herbs from one of those plastic packages at the grocery store of the Poultry blend in the cavity. Close the bag and cut a few slits in the top of the bag.
Roast at 350 degrees for about 2-3 hours or so depending on the size of your turkey. The roasting bag box will give you the correct instructions.
These roasting bags will help you immensely! You don’t have to worry about basting or anything. You just put the bird in the oven and set your timer.
Let the turkey sit for about 30 minutes before you start to carve it.
Now pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy your Thanksgiving or Christmas or holiday or really any day. Where is the rule that you can’t just roast a turkey whenever you feel like it? 😊