Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013 Menu

This year our Thanksgiving will be a much needed low-key, super mellow family day.  And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 HCSB

Our menu:

Alton's Roast Turkey 
see recipe below

Good Eats Roast Turkey with minor modifications:

Photo: Food Network
  • 1 14-16 lb frozen organic, free range turkey
For the brine:
  •  1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 gallon bone broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1 gallon heavily iced water
For the aromatics:
  • 1 red apple, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 6 sage leaves
  • melted butter
Directions - 2 to 3 days before roasting:
  1. Begin thawing the turkey in the refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38˚F.
  2. Combine the bone broth, salt, coconut sugar, allspice berries, and ginger in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.  Stir occasionally to dissolve solids and bring to a boil.  Remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.
  3. The night before combine the brine, water, and ice in a 5-gallon bucket.  Place the thawed turkey (innards removed) breast side down in brine.  If necessary. weigh down the bird to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in a cool area for 8 - 16 hours, turning the bird once half way through brining.
Directions - day of:
  1. Preheat oven to 500˚F.  Remove bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water.  Discard the brine.
  2. Place the bird on a roasting rack inside a half sheet pan and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, and water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Add steeped aromatics to the turkey's cavity along with the rosemary and sage.  Tuck the wings underneath the bird and coat the skin liberally with melted butter.
  4. Roast the turkey on lowest level of the oven at 500˚F for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and cover breasts with a double layer of foil.  Insert a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and reduce the oven temperature to 350˚F.  Set the thermometer alarm to 161˚F.  A 14-16 lb bird should require a total of 2- 2/12 hours of roasting.  
  5. Let turkey rest, loosely covered with foil for 15 minutes before carving.

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