Sunday, November 20, 2011

Roasted Turkey

Since Thanksgiving is coming up I thought I would post my Dad's delicious Turkey recipe. 

20-25 lb turkey (You don't have to get one this big, my family just does everything in excess)
2 tablespoons salt, plus a few extra tablespoons to wash
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons sage
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons parsley
1 stick of butter
1 apple
5 sprigs of rosemary

So this may sound odd but my dad washes the turkey with salt.  Basically when you are washing the turkey just sprinkle a lot of salt over it and rub it in and then rinse it off.  I guess it is kind of similar to brining.  Then put the turkey in a large roasting pan and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons salt, paprika, sage, garlic powder, and parsley.  Evely disperse this on the outside, and also on the inside of the turkey.  Put an apple inside the turkey.  This will absorb any excess fat.  Then put in the rosemary sprigs to infuse flavor. Now comes the best part.  Literally just put a stick of butter right on top of the breast bone of the turkey.  This will melt throughout the process and baste the whole bird.
Then cook the bird in a 325 over for 5 hours.  That is about 15 minutes per pound.  Cook the bird with the foil over it, until the last half hour.  Baste the bird every hour with the pan drippings.  For the last half hour, turn the oven up to 375 degrees and allow the skin to brown.  That means the total cooking time is about 5 1/2 hours.  Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

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