Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

Looking for an easy Thanksgiving Turkey recipe? Learn how to make Thanksgiving Turkey using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by lchmommy

Makes 16 servings



Aloton Brown's Thanksgiving Roast Turkey. Size of bird modified, and couldn't analyze 1 cinnamon stick, so I put in as 1 oz.

Recipe Ingredients for Thanksgiving Turkey

8 pound turkey

Brine:
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
128 oz vegetable stock
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1/2 tablespoon allspice berries
1/2 tablespoon candied ginger
128 oz ice water

Aromatics:
1 red apple, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1 oz cinnamon stick
1 cup water
1 tsp rosemary
1 tbsp sage
4 tbsp Canola oil

Recipe Directions for Thanksgiving Turkey

  1. Directions

  2. Combine all brine ingredients, except ice water, in a stockpot, and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve solids, then remove from heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

  3. Early on the day of cooking, (or late the night before) combine the brine and ice water in a clean 5-gallon bucket. Place thawed turkey breast side down in brine, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area (like a basement) for 6 hours. Turn turkey over once, half way through brining.

  4. A few minutes before roasting, heat oven to 500 degrees. Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, and cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes.

  5. Remove bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard brine.

  6. Place bird on roasting rack inside wide, low pan and pat dry with paper towels. Add steeped aromatics to cavity along with rosemary and sage. Tuck back wings and coat whole bird liberally with canola (or other neutral) oil.

  7. Roast on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F. for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cover breast with double layer of aluminum foil, insert probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and return to oven, reducing temperature to 350 degrees F. Set thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees. A 14 to 16 pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting. Let turkey rest, loosely covered for 15 minutes before carving

Categories

Main Dish, Thanksgiving

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 739.1g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
461
Calories from Fat
137
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
15.2g
23%
Saturated Fat
4.0g
20%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
172mg
57%
Sodium
7355mg
306%
Potassium
720mg
21%
Total Carbohydrates
10.4g
3%
Dietary Fiber
2.7g
11%
Sugars
7.4g
Protein
67.5g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 5% Iron 129%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B+
  Good points
  • Very high in iron
  • High in niacin
  • High in phosphorus
  • Very high in selenium
  • Very high in vitamin B6
  • Very high in vitamin B12
  • High in zinc
  •   Bad points
  • High in cholesterol
  • Very high in sodium
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