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Old 11-06-2012, 05:51 PM   #1
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How do you make your turkey?

I had one grandmother who was a devotee of dry roasting and the other who thought it was best to cook the turkey in a 1/4 water bath. My father liked fried turkey.

I usually use the method of the second grandmother. It makes a great turkey, but the turkey is not usually presentation pretty even after browning.

I simply want my turkey cooked but juicy, BUT presentation would be nice. What's your secret to making the best turkey?
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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I use the Good Eats Thanksgiving turkey recipe for the bird, my mom's recipe for the stuffing.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:06 PM   #3
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I use the Good Eats Thanksgiving turkey recipe for the bird, my mom's recipe for the stuffing.
+1. But I adjust the brine to a more neutral flavor and stuff with aromatics.

Stuffing in a casserole pan
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:07 PM   #4
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It's always basic here. Melt butter, smear on bird, salt lightly and cook. Always nice a brown and always moist and tender. Also makes the most excellent pan drippings.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:51 PM   #5
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This year I bought the turkey deep fryer. Will see what happens. Usually I simply put it in the oven and periodically based with turkey or chicken soup.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:33 PM   #6
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After stuffing I rub canola oil over the skin, be sure to get the bottom of the legs, wings and breast. I cover my turkey with foil and baste every now and then with the pan juices. When the turkey is done, I take off the foil and let the skin crisp in the oven before serving. Give it a try.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:35 AM   #7
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Roast on a bed of onions and celery. Baste occasionally, sliced onions, celery and lemons in the cavity.

Dressing in a casserole.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:16 AM   #8
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Salt, pepper, and then cover with melted butter soaked cheese cloth. Always very moist, juiced, and beautifully browned with no basting. Very simple and yummy!
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:45 PM   #9
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I do a different roast recipe each year. This year, I'm doing the Herb-Roated Turkey with Hominy, Oyster and Sausage Dressing from Saveur.

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Hominy, Oyster, and Sausage Dressing Recipe - Saveur.com
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:32 PM   #10
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Thanks!

I'm a casserole for the dressing person too. I use my grandmother's dressing recipe which is cornbread-based.

Links to recipes?

The hominy/oyster/sausage recipe sounds intriguing.


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