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I was influenced by Alton Brown to come up with an easy, juicy, almost fool-proof recipe for roast turkey. The following original recipe has proved so popular, I am asked to make it several times a year, and have to make around a dozen every Thanksgiving. This turkey does not need gravy, as it is very juicy. Prep time does not include brining. Use only kosher salt.
- 1 (10 lb) turkey, defrosted
- canola oil
- 1 gallon vegetable stock
- 1 cup kosher salt
- 1⁄2 tablespoon coriander seed
- 1⁄2 tablespoon cardamom pod
- 1⁄2 tablespoon juniper berries
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup orange juice
- 7 cups cold water
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1⁄2 onion, sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 sprigs rosemary
- 6 sage leaves
- Place all brine ingredients except orange juice and cold water in a large pot, bring to a boil, then simmer until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
- Place turkey in a large pot, cooler or bucket (I use a sterilized Home Depot bucket) and pour brine mixture, orange juice and cold water over turkey.
- Place in refrigerator or a cool place, such as a basement, for at least 8 hours, turning turkey over once halfway through.
- After turkey has been brined, remove turkey and throw away brining mixture.
- Set oven to 500 degrees.
- Place apple, onion and cinnamon in a microwave-proof container with one cup water and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
- Rinse turkey thoroughly and pat dry, then coat generously with canola oil and place, breast side up, in roasting pan.
- Pour off water from aromatics and stuff turkey cavity with heated aromatics, rosemary and sage.
- Roast turkey at 500 degrees for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, place a foil tent over the turkey's breast, and turn heat down to 350 degrees.
- Roast turkey for 90 minutes.
- DO NOT OPEN OVEN UNTIL TIME IS UP.
- Remove turkey from oven, remove tent, and let turkey rest at least 15 minutes before carving.
This turkey is moist, flavorful, and worth all of the work! I made this for thanksgiving and loved it- my dh didnt like it, but that is because he is a traditionalist who thinks that turkey should be plain. Thanks so much for sharing!