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Old 11-18-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
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A newbie cooking her first turkey!

Hi all,
This holiday my mom has planted the monumentally terrifying task of cooking the turkey for our family. I have searched the net for recipes, and come up with this one as the one that sounds most intriguing.

Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe - Allrecipes.com

A few things about it concern me though, so I thought I'd ask some turkey veterans

1) If I make stuffing, I can't stuff it in the turkey based on the instructions, correct?

2) It doesn't say to baste. Should I?

3). If I pour champagne and broth over the turkey, will that be adequate for the flavor to stay?

I'd love any and all opinions. I'm very intimidated by that bird!!!!

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Old 11-18-2012, 10:36 PM   #2
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Step #3 begins with, "Bake the turkey in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear."

When the juices run clear and there is no pink at the bone, THE TURKEY IS DONE!.

The instruction goes on to say, "Uncover the turkey, and continue baking until the skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer."

While the skin is browning, the meat is getting over cooked.

I'd choose another recipe.

I use this recipe and have consistently great results: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/a...ipe/index.html
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Do you have any recipes to suggest? I'm pulling at straws :-/
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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Do you have any recipes to suggest? I'm pulling at straws :-/
I went back and added a link. Check it out.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:48 PM   #5
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I considered brining, but unfortunately that's near impossible for me as the turkey is at my moms, she is cooking incompetent, and I won't be there in time to handle it or explain what brining even is to her.

Is a recipe like this a better call?

Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe | Taste of Home Recipes
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You can't lose with the Good Eats turkey!

The extra work of the brine will make you look like a kitchen genius! Keep an eye out for brining bags, they are like giant ziploc bags and are easier to maneuver and fit in the fridge than a bucket. Or you could get the XXL ziplocks, I think we discovered last year that they are food grade.
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I considered brining, but unfortunately that's near impossible for me as the turkey is at my moms, she is cooking incompetent, and I won't be there in time to handle it or explain what brining even is to her.

Is a recipe like this a better call?

Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe | Taste of Home Recipes
This is the same amount of work as brining, just a different solution.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:53 PM   #8
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That's a fair point, I guess. Cost is another concern, as is accessibility of ingredients? That Good Eats recipe lists a lot of things I have never heard of, and don't know where i would procure, and now I am apparently now making turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes with feta/sundried tomatoes/olives, and goat cheese and carmelized mushroom/onion tart, so my head may explode if I can't find all my ingredients tomorrow. Specifically allspice berries?? Candied Ginger?
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Allspice and candied ginger should be on the spice shelves at the super market.

The key points are to brine with salt and sugar and roast as instructed. That much will guarantee a moist turkey.
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Follow the directions on the turkey package, and don't worry about brining. Check out Alton Brown et al's Thanksgiving Day special on Food Network aired today. If it's your first turkey, make it as simple and easy on yourself as you can.

Just make sure you clean out both the butt and neck cavities. They have bags of giblets. Butterball Hotline is a great resource.

Good luck!
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