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Aromatic Brined Turkey | Recipe Below from Chef Perry of SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com
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Aromatic Brined Turkey
From Chef Perry of SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com
- 1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey
For the brine:
For the aromatics:
- 1 cup kosher salt
- 1 cup of honey
- 1 quart turkey stock
- 1 quart boiling water
- 2 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 gallon heavily iced water
- 1 gala apple, sliced
- 2 med Asian pears, sliced
- 1 orange, peeled and sliced
- 1 sweet onion, sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cup water
- 4 sprigs rosemary
- 6 leaves sage
- Canola oil
2 to 3 days before roasting:
Begin thawing the turkey in the refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38 degrees F.
Combine the stock, water, salt, honey, and pepper in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve solids and bring to a boil. Remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.
Early on the day or the night before you’d like to eat:
Combine the brine, water and ice in the 5-gallon bucket. Place the thawed turkey (with innards removed) breast side down in brine. If necessary, weigh down the bird to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for 8 to 16 hours, turning the bird once half way through brining.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Remove the bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard the brine.
Place the bird on roasting rack, breast up, inside a half sheet pan and pat dry with paper towels.
Combine the apple, pears, orange, onion, cinnamon stick, and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add steeped aromatics to the turkey’s cavity along with the rosemary and sage. Tuck the wings underneath the bird and coat the skin liberally with canola oil.
Roast the turkey, breast up, on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F for 30 minutes, watching closely as it browns. Flip and insert a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 155 degrees F.
A 14 to 16 pound bird should require a total of 2 hours of roasting.
Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil for 30-45 minutes before carving.
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This month, I'm thrilled to introduce you to my friend Chef Perry of SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com. As you can tell from her Aromatic Brined Turkey recipe above, he is an amazing chef. The mission of SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com is “to help busy families get out of the drive-thru and back to the dinner table with delicious, nutritious, easy-to-prepare recipes.” They create and test recipes made with “real food” and provide you with easy-to-follow grocery lists and recipes for every night of the month. They also offer support and training through their newsletter, blog and social media sites. The best part? It’s all FREE!! Crazy, right?! Go check them out right now and see for yourself how they can help you provide simple but delicious recipes for you and your family.
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