This year, skip the dried-out bird and use one of these secret family recipes to make the best Thanksgiving turkey ever. These recipes are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.
Try a dry brine this Thanksgiving. This is an easy method of cooking that leaves the skin crispy. Dry brine your bird overnight by slathering it with a mix of salt and spices. The following morning brush it with butter and let the skin crisp. Get the full recipe here.
A more traditional method involves soaking the turkey in a liquid brine. Start with a completely thawed turkey and lots of space in your fridge.
This method seasons and tenderizes the meat from the inside out. As the salt and other spices are absorbed, the meat takes on their flavors. Additionally, the salt helps break down some of the muscle proteins, which leaves you with a more tender turkey.
To brine a turkey:
Do not brine a turkey that is “Kosher,” “enhanced,” or “self-basting.” These turkeys have already been salted. Turkeys that have soaked in brine tend to cook more quickly, so be sure to check the dish sooner than you normally would. This brine recipe is enough for a large turkey, you’ll only need half the recipe if you’re cooking a small turkey.
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Have you struggled with a dry turkey before?
The solution is to use a sharp knife to separate the wings, breasts, and leg quarters. This tip comes from www.chefjohnoneil.com. Put the turkey pieces in a pan and season both sides of each piece with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of poultry seasoning.
Roasting a precut turkey:
In the oven:
Pro tip: let the turkey rest after cooking to ensure the juices come to the surface.