In less than a few days, homemade chefs will be placing their frozen Thanksgiving turkeys in a thaw status, contemplating a new method to season the bird. Recipes have a way of escaping the mind and many settle on the Turkey bag or place it into the oven for several hours, with minor seasonings. There are fantastic recipes that keep turkeys juicy, delicious and will have the family clamoring for more. Tired of the dried, staid bird? Fear not, there are excellent recipes to tantalize the senses of smell and taste.
Writer’s Personal Recipe: A Touch of Latin
Finding the perfect mix of delish with juicy meat was a mandatory need. There is no Thanksgiving without turkey (well except for vegans, vegetarians, people who don’t celebrate Holidays but alas…) Juicy turkey with a crisp outside is a perfect mix for turkey, so how to get there. Follow the below suggestion for a touch of Latin in the turkey. This recipe is far from healthy and is all about juicy goodness.
In a bowl, mix the following:
- 16 ounce can of chicken or turkey broth
- 2 cups of butter melted (real over margarine)
- 4 tablespoons of Sofrito
- 2 ounces of minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon of pepper
- 1 tablespoon oregano
One the turkey is cleaned, place in baking pot – take a steak knife and stab the turkey (yes allow all frustrations to release!) Poke at a minimum, 1-inch holes into the turkey, from front to back.
- Take a wad of soft butter and rub the turkey down with it, pause slightly over the holes to press butter into it. Take a half stick or 1 cup of butter into the turkey before placing the dressing/stuffing into it.
- Rub a garlic clove with much love across the turkey for a fragrant and delicious feel.
- Pour the broth mix from above over the turkey and in the stuffing/dressing area.
- Take Adobe seasoning and place some over turkey and rub into it.
Once the turkey is thoroughly dressed and pretty, take foil and cover the turkey and place into the oven. Baste it frequently! There will be a lot of amazing and flavorful juices, use them. Baste and about one hour before the turkey is removed for slicing, remove the foil and allow it to cook to add a crisp skin with a delicious, tender and juicy meat.
Rosemary & Basil Flavored to Perfection Turkey
This option provides a delicious zing to the turkey. For a real zesty kick add small serving bowls of oranges, limes or lemons. Guests can take a slice of fruit and squeeze gently over their turkey serving to add a really yummy addition. For the turkey itself, mix the following into a large measuring cup or mixing bowl:
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
- 3 healthy tablespoons of chopped fresh rosemary (this will not taste the same with dried)
- 2 healthy tablespoons of chopped basil
- 2 tablespoons Italian seasonings
- Black pepper and salt to taste
Like the Latin recipe, rub a wad of soft butter across the turkey and plug away with the knife with 1-inch holes. Why is this completed? It allows the juices and mixture to seep into the turkey. Once the butter is added, take a fresh rosemary and basil leaf and place it into the stuffing/dressing opening – this allows the smell to rise and goodness, it’s quite delicious. Then take a tablespoon and mix the oily mixture around and round for a few rotations. From there spoon the mixture over the turkey or pour slowly to make sure covered thoroughly. Cover as listed in the previous recipe and once more, within an hour of completion – remove the foil for a crisp outside.
Thanksgiving Turkey Wrap-Up
Thanksgiving turkey is the staple to millions of households across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that over 45 million turkeys grace the tables across America, annually. Delivering a succulent and addicting turkey just really adds something to the whole meal. Sides included can be corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, biscuits, green bean casserole and more. Make this Thanksgiving a day to celebrate with a juicy and delicious bird. Have an amazing family secret to share? Let us know in the comments.