Thankgiving Turkey

By sisson Latest Reply 2008-11-19 17:57:21 -0600
Started 2008-11-19 00:42:09 -0600

Who has a good recipes for roasting a turkey for Thanksgiving and fixing?

6 replies

cakeybakes 2008-11-19 17:57:21 -0600 Report

I've always put strips of bacon over mine so it helps to keep it moist. Then roast it until the button pops. It helps to keep it covered or tented with foil until the last hour or so, then let that bacon and skin get browned. Mom and I have done it this way for years.

GabbyPA 2008-11-19 07:49:19 -0600 Report

I roast mine in a roasting pan layered with root veggies like carrots and parsnips. Turnips and celery would be nice too. I place the veggies in the bottom of the pan, and they act as my rack and I place the trukey on top of them.

I take some bleneded butter (I use the 50/50 from smart balance) and I add cinnamon, allspice, cloves, rosemary, sage, garlic and some sea salt. Then I mash it all overy my bird. Rub it in really well, and drop a bit inside the cavity. I never cook a stuffed trukey, I do my stuffing separate.

I allow it to cook for at least a couple of hours undisturbed and then I baste it often to bring out the color. Your veggies will take on all that flavor too, and you can serve them separately in a bowl or mix them in your gravy. Or for a twist, you can blend your veggies in a blender and turn them into a spread for your rolls or potatoes...very yummy.

Anyway, this will give you a flavorful bird with a rich brown color that you will be proud to put on your table. Garnish with a few sprigs of fresh rosemary or a bed of parsley and there you have it.

caspersmama 2008-11-19 09:57:59 -0600 Report

Sounds great. I do the butter thing but never added spices to it. What a great idea! You are so smart.

GabbyPA 2008-11-19 10:11:05 -0600 Report

Smart? no...but I love spice so I add it where I can. It is all my tongue's fault, it loves flavor, flavor, flavor. Sometimes it drives my husband nutty, he likes simple.

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