Thursday, November 3, 2016

Roast Turkey

Roast Turkey
10 Servings

Turkey Serving Guideline:
The rule of thumb for buying turkey is:1 pound per person. This should be enough to cover  dinner and allow for leftovers to snack on throughout the evening. 

I'm choosing a 12 pound turkey to feed 10 people allowing for bone and water weight. So trust me there is enough for left overs even when I'm feeding 4 people with hearty appetites.

Ingredients
1 – 12 lb turkey
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 cup peanut oil
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 tablespoon paprika

Note:  Turkey should be seasoned 1 day prior to cooking.  If turkey is frozen allow 1 day of thawing (in the refrigerator) for every 4 pounds.

Method:
Remove giblet bag from turkey and clean the turkey inside and outside thoroughly.  Pat it dry with paper towels then generously sprinkle the inside and outside with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and poultry seasoning. Wrap the bird loosely in Heavy Duty foil and let it sit over night.

 Poultry Seasoning
Yield 1/3 cup


Ingredients
2 tablespoon sage, rubbed
1 tablespoon thyme, dried
1 tablespoon rosemary, dried
1 tablespoon marjoram, dried
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Method
Combine all ingredients.
Try and purchase all ingredients from a specialty store that sells herbs and spices in bulk.  This way you can purchase only the amount that is needed.

24 Hours Later

                                Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a small bowl, mix together the peanut oil with 1 tablespoon each of the following:  garlic powder, onion powder and paprika and 1 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning.
Remove the turkey from the refrigerator and unwrap.  Drain turkey of any excess liquid that may have accumulated.
With a paper towel, wipe the foil dry and smooth it out place the turkey back on the foil.  Massage the oil mixture over the turkey making sure you coat it inside and out thoroughly.
Loosely wrap the oiled turkey again in foil, crimping the edges to seal in the heat but do not have the foil tightly wrapped around the turkey. Place the bird in a roasting pan and roast  undisturbed 10 minutes per pound (a 12 pound turkey will cook in 2 hours).
After the cooking time has elapsed, remove turkey from oven and let it sit  in  the unopened foil 1 hour before serving.
I know, you have to peek to make sure the turkey is brown/done,Okay so peek, take the temperature and re wrap. Place it back in the oven another 10 minutes to regain the heat you just released. Now let it sit 1 hour before serving!Note: Even after the turkey is removed from the oven it will continue to cook.  Just know, that if you followed the instructions your turkey will be done, juicy and golden brown.

Do not over crowd your oven.  The more food you have in it, the longer it will take your food to cook.

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