Today is the first day of recipes and it is the easiest one of all. The turkey. Some people are intimidated by the thought of cooking a turkey, but that's really silly. Just keep the little guy moist and seasoned and you'll have a delicious bird in no time. The full menu yesterday (which will be appearing recipe by recipe this week) was Turkey, roasted butternut squash (my FAVORITE!), sweet potato bacon biscuits, mashed cauliflower, and a crustless pumpkin pie! I hope you will come back and check out all of the recipes, and I hope everyone has the very best Thanksgiving ever this year :)!
1 Turkey, thawed. Mine was a 10 lb bird!
Enough olive oil to coat the entire turkey, I used about 4 Tablespoons
3 Tablespoons minced garlic
2 Teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
3 Tablespoons Seasoned Salt
Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the giblets and other extra bits from the cavity of your turkey. Put the bird in a dish large enough to hold your bird.
Step 3: Take your minced garlic and massage it into the cavity and under the skin of your turkey. You don't want it on the actual skin because it will burn, putting it under the skin and into the cavity will bring the flavors out into the breast.
|Once again, pretty gross- but it doesn't take long. Just get it over with!|
Step 5: Cover the dish and the turkey with aluminum foil, completely. For a 10 lb turkey you will need to bake it for about 3 hours, cook with the aluminum foil on for the first 2 hours and then remove for the last hour to let the skin brown.
Step 6: Use a meat thermometer inserted into the thigh to make sure the turkey is fully cooked, it should be at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Once fully cooked pull the turkey out of the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving.
Carve the beast & enjoy!