If you are in charge of making the turkey this year, we can help make it the best one yet! This recipe does not include traditional stuffing, however it will be so delicious that you may find yourself stuck making it every year. You can’t say we didn’t warn you! Before you start, make sure your turkey is fully thawed and the neck and giblets are removed.
First, you will want to brine it. Do NOT brine for more than 12 hours, as it will cause an unsavory change to the texture of the meat.
-1 cup Kosher Salt
-1/2 gallon Apple Cider
-1/2 gallon Vegetable Stock
-1 cup Brown Sugar
-1 tbsp Black Peppercorn
-1 tbsp All Spice Berries
On the stove, heat all ingredients to combine. Let cool COMPLETELY, this is very important. You don’t want your turkey to start cooking too soon! Place your turkey in a cooler, and add the brine. Let sit for 12 hours. Remove from the brine and rinse off.
If you are roasting, these are the ingredients you want to put inside the turkey before placing in the oven:
-1 Apple (cut in half)
-1 Onion (cut in half)
-2 sticks Cinnamon
-A few sprigs of Thyme
Keep in oven for the time needed according to weight. Here’s a handy chart to help!
(Even though it will have some things in it for flavor, this recipe is still considered as an unstuffed turkey)
If you would prefer to fry your turkey this year, please read This Article From The National Turkey Federation for complete instructions and safety tips. Safety is especially important with frying, as there are thousands of preventable fires every year by this.