Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The "World's Greatest Turkey"


(Copyright © 2009 Someday Gourmet) 

This was delicious!  SO easy. SO moist. :)

Inspired | World's Best Turkey
Prep Time:  30 mins
Cook time:  3 1/2 hours
Difficulty:  Level II
Yield: 1 Turkey

  • 10-12 lb Turkey, fully defrosted
  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • Fresh Herbs (Ex: Rosemary, Thyme, Sage)
  • 1 Apple of your preference
  • 3/4 Bottle of Champagne
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • 1 Reynolds® Oven Bag, Turkey Size

Preheat oven to 350 F.

First, remove all jewelry from your hands.

Next add flour to baking bag and shake until the inside is coated.  Place into a roasting pan at least 2" thick.

Wash and quarter the apples and coat in cinnamon, set aside.  Next prepare your herbs by removing stems and finely chopping.  Add herbs to the softened butter and gently mix into a consistent spread.

Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey, wash thoroughly and pat dry.  Gently loosen the skin and rub the butter mixture under the skin.  Sprinkle salt and pepper on the skin and stuff the apples inside of the turkey.  Tie the legs together with kitchen twine (optional).

Place the turkey into roasting bag and pour the champagne over the turkey, inside and out.  Close and tie the bag and cut 6 1/2 inch slits in the top for ventilation.  Insert meat thermometer through bag into thickest part of inner thigh, not touching bone. Tuck ends of bag in pan.

Roast for 3 hours and 30 minutes in the roasting bag or until meat thermometer reads 180°F.

IMPORTANT! Let stand for 20 minutes before cutting.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Chef's Notes
  • The skin will crisp up inside of the baking bag so there is no need to "brown".  Removing from the baking bag early may cause legs and wings to dry out.
  • After finished cooking, thicken the juices with flour to make a delightful gravy.  Consider adding allspice to the gravy for more flavor.
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