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Holiday Turkey Recipe

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Susan Hall
Added: Monday, September 22, 2008


20 lb. fresh turkey **
3 sticks butter
2 bottles white wine
1-2 cans chicken broth
pkg. cheesecloth, paper towels, baster, roasting pan with rack, meat thermometer, grease-separating pitcher, long oven mitt

Preheat oven at 450

Prepare Turkey:
Remove neck, etc. from cavity. Rinse turkey & cavity, blot with paper towel, rub cavity w/salt.
Insert: lg. chunks of onion, celery stalks, orange segments--close flap over cavity.
Cover wings with foil to keep from puncturing breast while baking.

In sauce pan:
Simmer neck, giblets, etc. with 1 bottle white wine or water to cover, &/or chick broth, celery, & onion. Refrig broth in wide mouth glass jar and later remove fat from top (I throw away the rest & later use broth for dressing and to moisten sliced turkey before serving).

Basting Broth:
In second sauce pan melt 3 sticks butter, 1 bottle white wine, and 1 can chick broth (opt). Unfold cheesecloth and refold in a shape that will completely cover turkey (about 4 layers of thickness). Dip cloth into butter/wine mix. and saturate. Place turkey in roasting pan (don't need lid) and cover with dipped cheesecloth.

(insert meat therm.in fat part of breast--don't touch bone)

450 for 30 min.
350 for 1 1/2 hrs
(baste w/butter-wine mix. every 30 min. wearing oven mitt)
Then lower to 300 until done-
Done Temp: breast 170/ thigh 180 (legs loose)

Before Carving:
Remove from pan & rest turkey for 30 min., remove cheesecloth. Then cut out entire breast- slice on cutting board.

Use juices in pan to make gravy (must separate broth from grease- can refrig broth in wide mouth jar and lift off grease when hardened)
--see my recipe for Turkey Gravy

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4-5 hrs baking time
Personal Notes:
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Cleaning tips:
Clean sink and counter with antibacterial cleanser after working with raw turkey.
Wash hands often.
Line oven with foil before roasting turkey.
Clean oven door (basting splatters) right after removing turkey -before the grease burns while baking other dishes.

**Follow same recipe for 9-12 lb turkey breast.




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