Cristina Ferrare's Turkey

"This will be the best turkey you ever have. I saw Cristina Ferrare making it on the Oprah Show. Oprah called it her favorite turkey. So I gave it a try and it was juicy and delicious. The cook time dose not include marination time. If you are making a larger/smaller turkey adjust cooking time and amount of marinade."
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  • To make marinade:

  • Combine ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until smooth and creamy.
  • Refrigerate till needed.
  • Clean out cavity of the turkey and rinse well, inside and out. Pat dry and place turkey in a large roasting pan.
  • It is very important that you pat it dry in order to get that nice golden turkey skin.
  • Tie turkey legs together and cover tips with foil. Keeping them wrapped and tied stops the legs drying out while cooking.
  • Tie turkey wings together and cover tips with foil. Keeping them wrapped and tied stops the wings drying out while cooking.
  • Stuff cavity of turkey with lemon rinds and one bunch of poultry herbs. Place the second bunch of herbs in the roasting pan.
  • Place turkey breast-side up in roasting pan. Insert thermometer in the thickest part of the breast.
  • Pour the marinade over the turkey.
  • Allow to marinade over night.
  • Cover with foil and roast for 2 hours @ 350 C.
  • After 2 hours, add hot water (or broth) to the bottom of the pan. Stir to make gravy for basting.
  • Baste turkey and cover with foil.
  • Roast turkey another 30 minutes and repeat basting process.
  • Continue basting every 15 minutes until the thermometer reaches 180–185°, approximately 3 to 4 hours.
  • The constant basting is what gives the skin that lovely golden color.
  • Remove turkey from oven and place on cutting board. Cover turkey well with foil to keep warm. Let it rest 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

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  1. This is a great recipe. I have been making it for years. It comes out fabulous every time!!!
  2. This is an excellent recipe. Ever since I started using it, I've been asked to make the Thanksgiving turkey every year! The turkey is moist and flavorful. Everybody always tells me it's the best turkey they've ever had!


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