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Cider-Brined Turkey Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Amy & Will Lee
Added: Monday, January 24, 2011

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 jar turkey brine (Williams Sonoma preferred but Fresh Market has a good one too)
1 fresh turkey (neck, heart and gizzard removed)
8 T. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
4 tsp. chopped mixed fresh herbs (I use rosemary, parsley and sage)
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
I also recommend buying a large brining bag

Directions:
Directions:
Prepare the turkey brine following instructions (usually you cook the brine in a gallon or two of water until all salt dissolves and let it cool to room temperature...then add ice water to cover turkey for brining overnight).

Remove turkey from the brine, rinse well under cold water and pat dry. Trim off excess fat. Let the turkey stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 400.

In a bowl, beat together butter, herbs and pepper until well blended. Spread the butter mixture evenly on the outside of the turkey...a friend of mine also recommends under the skin (too much work for me though). Truss the turkey as desired using kitchen twine.

Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes. Loosely tent the turkey with foil, reduce the temperature to 325 and continue roasting, basting every 30 minutes with pan juices. After about 2 1/2 hours of total roasting time, begin testing for doneness by inserting a thermometer into the thickest part of the breast and thigh, away from the bone. The breast should register 165 and the thigh, 175. Total roasting time for a 16 lb. bird should be 3 to 3 3/4 hours.

Cover loosely with foil and let rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
12
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
3-3 3/4 hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
We thank Williams-Sonoma for this one...it is a delicious turkey every time!

 

 

 

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