Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs
Posted this on request for "cognac-marinated turkey". Total cooking time usually ranges from 2 to 3 hours depending on the size of the turkey. Prep time is a guess, and does not include marinating time. Serving size is also an estimation.
- 1 small turkey
- salt and pepper
- 10 -15 cloves garlic
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons cognac
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup red wine
- Defrost turkey.
- Remove giblets and wash with cold water inside and out.
- Pat dry.
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper and coriander inside and out.
- Tie the wings and drumsticks.
- (Ordinary sewing thread will work just fine) Peel the garlic cloves and crush.
- Mix the crushed garlic with the butter and the cognac.
- Rub this paste all over the turkey and return the turkey to the refrigerator to marinate for an hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Baste the turkey with the chicken broth and wine.
- Do it gently so you dont rub off the garlic paste.
- Cover the turkey with aluminum foil and roast for about 90 minutes, basting frequently with wine and chicken broth.
- If your oven isnt very accurate turn the pan a few times during baking.
- After about 90 minutes of cooking remove the aluminum foil cover.
- Sprinkle with paprika all over and raise the oven temperature to 500 degrees.
- Stop basting.
- This will allow the turkey skin to brown and crisp.
- Continue cooking until the skin is crisp and not watery or greasy.
- Flip the turkey so it crisps on the other side as well.
- If you are butchering your own turkey feed it two glasses of wine or cognac the day before.
- It really does make a difference in the cooked flavor.