Recipe Sifter

X
  • Start Here
    • Course
    • Main Ingredient
    • Cuisine
    • Preparation
    • Occasion
    • Diet
    • Nutrition
1

Select () or exclude () categories to narrow your recipe search.

2

As you select categories, the number of matching recipes will update.

Make some selections to begin narrowing your results.
  • Calories
  • Amount per serving
    1. Total Fat
    2. Saturated Fat
    3. Polyunsat. Fat
    4. Monounsat. Fat
    5. Trans Fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Total Carbohydrates
    1. Dietary Fiber
    2. Sugars
  • Protein
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Find exactly what you're looking for with the web's most powerful recipe filtering tool.

    Thanksgiving Tips & Ideas >

    50 Ultimate Side Dishes

    50 Ultimate Side Dishes

    Make Sides They'll Be Thankful For
    The Perfect Roast Turkey

    The Perfect Roast Turkey

    How-To: Tackle Turkey Intimidation
    16 Show-Stopping Sweets

    16 Show-Stopping Sweets

    Apple, Pumpkin & Pecan Pie: Oh My!
    You are in: Home / Recipes / Good Eats Roast Turkey Recipe
    Lost? Site Map

    Good Eats Roast Turkey

    Good Eats Roast Turkey. Photo by IngridH

    1/13 Photos of Good Eats Roast Turkey

    more photos

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    15 hrs 20 mins

    6 hrs

    9 hrs 20 mins

    Gay Gilmore's Note:

    from Alton Brown's show. Brining the bird is the key to moist meat. Made this again this year, only brined in just water instead of stock to save some dough. Again, the bird turned out perfect. Growing up, I hated white meat because it was always dry and grinding on your teeth ;-), now I love white meat. Cook time includes the brining time.

    • Save to Recipe Box

    • Add to Grocery List

    • Print

    • Email

    My Private Note

    Ingredients:

    Servings:

    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 (16 lb) frozen young turkey

    For the brine

    For the aromatics

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Combine all brine ingredients, except ice water, in a stock pot and bring to a boil.
    2. 2
      Stir to dissolve solids, then remove from heat, cool to room temperature refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
    3. 3
      Early on the day of cooking, (or late the night before) combine the brine and ice water in a clean 5 gallon bucket.
    4. 4
      Place thawed turkey breast side down in brine, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area (like a basement) for 6 hours.
    5. 5
      Turn turkey over once, half way through brining.
    6. 6
      A few minutes before roasting, heat oven to 500 degrees.
    7. 7
      Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick and cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
    8. 8
      Remove bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water.
    9. 9
      Discard brine.
    10. 10
      Place bird on roasting rack inside wide, low pan and pat dry with paper towels.
    11. 11
      Add steeped aromatics to cavity along with rosemary and sage.
    12. 12
      Tuck back wings and coat whole bird liberally with canola (or other neutral) oil.
    13. 13
      Roast on lowest level of the oven at 500F for 30 minutes.
    14. 14
      Remove from oven and cover breast with double layer of aluminum foil, insert probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and return to oven, reducing temperature to 350°F.
    15. 15
      Set thermometer alarm (if available) to 161°F.
    16. 16
      A 14-16 pound bird should require a total of 2-2 1/2 hours of roasting.
    17. 17
      Let turkey rest, loosely covered for 15 minutes before carving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 02, 2002

      55

      Cooked up my last turkey this way--used everything exactly per recipe except didn't have allspice berries. The meat was tender and moist and not the slightest bit salty. A(lton showed the science behind why the salt isn't absorbed into the meat, but I don't remember the specifics.) I'm a brining convert!

      people found this review Helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
    • on August 12, 2002

      55

      Although I use a different brine, there is no question that I will not ever roast a turkey without brining. Those who haven't tried it owe it to yourself to give it a shot. You will not be able to go back.

      people found this review Helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
    • on January 22, 2002

      55

      Great recipe!!! I'll never be able to go back to an unbrined turkey.

      people found this review Helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

    Read All Reviews (158)

    Advertisement

    Nutritional Facts for Good Eats Roast Turkey

    Serving Size: 1 (745 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 733.6
     
    Calories from Fat 327
    44%
    Total Fat 36.4 g
    56%
    Saturated Fat 10.2 g
    51%
    Cholesterol 308.7 mg
    102%
    Sodium 295.8 mg
    12%
    Total Carbohydrate 1.8 g
    0%
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    1%
    Sugars 1.3 g
    5%
    Protein 92.7 g
    185%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    rosemary

    sage

    Ideas from Food.com

    “Everything

    Everything Holidays

    Make this season merry, bright and manageable with our easy ideas.

    Advertisement


    Food.com Network of Sites

    • Mexican Recipes
    • Chinese Recipes
    • Australian Recipes
    • Breakfast Recipes
    • Greek Recipes
    • Restaurant Recipes
    • Italian Recipes
    • Christmas Recipes
    • Thanksgiving Recipes
    • Southern Recipes
    • Dessert Recipes
    • Deep Fried Recipes
    • Thai Recipes
    • Low Cholesterol Recipes
    • Indian Recipes
    • Healthy Recipes
    • Meatloaf Recipes