Tuesday, November 21, 2006

RECIPE: Brine Roasted Turkey and Herb Butter

Brine Roasted Turkey

1-12 pound turkey
1 gallon cider plus 2 cups
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup whole allspice
6 bay leaves
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup kosher salt
Herb Butter:
8 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon chopped shallot
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped sage
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
Basting Broth:
3 cups chicken stock
1 celery stalk, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
6 fresh sage leaves
2 cups cider
1 stick unsalted butter

Brine: Bring 1 quart of cider and brining herbs to a boil. Add salt and sugar and stir until dissolved. Turn off heat and add and the rest of the cider, reserving 2 cups and 1 gallon of water. Chill until cold. Place turkey in brining bag in refrigerator.

Herb Butter: In a food processor, blend all the ingredients.

Glaze: Boil cider in saucepan until reduced to ¼ cup, about 15 minutes. Whisk in butter and cool completely.

Basting Broth: Bring to a boil and simmer a bit until slightly reduced and vegetables are soft.

Cooking the Turkey: Preheat the oven to 425° F. Remove turkey from the brine, rinse, dry with paper towels. Separate skin from breast pipe in the Herb Butter. Rub the remaining butter all over the outside of the bird. Fill cavity with chopped vegetable/fruit stuffing. Truss the bird. Place bird on a rack in the roasting pan. Pour broth into the pan. Roast for 20 minutes. Lower the temperature to 375° F and cook about 12 minutes per pound. (144 mins/2:10 min)If the turkey is browning too fast, place tin foil over the bird. Baste the bird every 30 minutes and brush with the glaze. Continue to roast until thermometer inserted into innermost part of thigh registers 175°F and the juices run clear. Take the bird out of oven, cover with foil and let rest for 20 minutes.

1 comment:

Farida said...

Hi! I used your turkey recipe for a dinner party. Everyone loved it! It was my first time making turkey and it was a success. The only thing i did different was in the brine: i added orange peel, thyme and sage. also used brown sugar instead of regular. then right after i made your herb butter recipe, i also added turkey rub with some grounded up indian spices (cumin, coriander,etc). anyways, just wanted to say thank you and that i look forward to trying more of your recipes!! =)
best wishes,