Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Thanksgiving, 2007. This brine was a last minute decision and using items from my pantry. I was not going to make dinner this year because Alicia, her son and her boyfriend were going to her boyfriends for the holiday. Their plans changed Monday night so we shopped Tuesday night after work. That didn't leave much time for brining so I didn't plan on it, but we cold water thawed the turkey all day Wed. I hated the idea of cooking an unbrined bird, so I came up with this recipe. It is mild enough in flavor to still allow the turkey flavor to come through with just a hint of flavor from the brine. The drippings made excellent gravy that was not at all salty.
- 750 ml white wine
- 6 bay leaves
- 1 head garlic
- 1 medium onion, cut in half
- 1 cup kosher salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 10 cups water
- 2 large lemons
- Add bay leaves, garlic, onion, salt, sugar and water to a large stock pot.
- Cut lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the rest of the brine ingredients; add the squeezed lemons.
- Bring to a boil and boil 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool too room temp; stir in wine.
- Add turkey; brine for 12 to 24 hours.
- Remove the turkey and rinse very well in cold water.
- Butter or oil the skin and roast as usual.
I have been using this for a few years now, sorry I took so long! This is a great way to make the bird easier to cook. You do not have to be as exact on temp and time. If it is left in a little longer it is still juicy and tender. The drippings make a great gravy no extra seasonings needed.