Foolproof Thanksgiving Turkey
January 21, 2019
Everyone wants their Thanksgiving turkey to be perfect! Ohio food blogger Happy Healthy Mama's Foolproof Thanksgiving Turkey is simple and makes the perfect, flavorful turkey for Thanksgiving or any other occasion.
- Cook: 3 hrs
- Yields: 12 servings
Dry Brining (1-3 days before ready to cook the turkey)
Place the turkey on top of the vegetables/herbs. Add the rest of the carrots, celery and garlic along with the apple and orange wedges into the center of the turkey. Bind the legs with kitchen twine. Place the slices of butter all around the outside of the bird; it will stick;
Roast turkey in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Pour half of the chicken stock over the turkey. Roast another 45 minutes, then pour the rest of the chicken stock over the turkey. Roast another 45 minutes, then baste with the pan juices. Roast another 45 minutes and baste again. Continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. If the skin ever starts to get too brown, cover loosely with foil. Remove from oven and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving.
You can use the pan juices and vegetables to make a simple gravy. Discard the herbs, and puree 1 cup of the vegetables in a blender. Add three cups of pan juice. If it needs to be thicker, puree more vegetables. For a smooth gravy, strain through a fine-mesh sieve.