Everyone has their favorite Thanksgiving Turkey recipes, but this is one of our favorites!
1 whole fresh turkey or frozen turkey that has not been injected with sodium solution (I use a 20-pound turkey)
My Favorite Turkey Brine, recipe follows
2 sticks butter, softened
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons julienned orange zest
2 gallons cold water
3 cups apple cider
2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup kosher salt
3 tablespoons tricolor peppercorns
5 whole bay leaves
5 cloves garlic, minced
Peel of 3 large oranges, cut into large strips
4 rosemary sprigs, leaves stripped
- Remove the turkey from its packaging and remove the bags with the neck and giblets from the cavity. Rinse the neck and giblets and put them in a plastic bag in the fridge; you’ll need them for the gravy. Rinse the turkey thoroughly with cold water. Place the turkey into a large brining bag or pot. Pour in Turkey Brine and place in the fridge for 16 to 18 hours so the brine can work its magic.
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
- Remove the turkey from the brine and rinse thoroughly, inside and out. Soak the turkey in cold water for 15 minutes, then rinse again and pat dry.
- Truss the bird or tuck the legs and wings however you like. Place the bird, breast-side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan. Cover the whole pan, tenting the bird, with heavy-duty foil so that it’s well sealed. Place in the oven and roast the turkey for about 10 minutes per pound. (So, for a 20-pound turkey, about 3 1/2 hours; for a 15-pound turkey, about 2 1/2 hours.) Note: There will still be more cooking time after this, but it’ll be at a different temperature.
- When it’s time to remove the turkey from the oven, mix together the butter, rosemary and orange zest. Remove the turkey from the oven and increase the temperature to 375 degrees F. Remove the foil and set aside. (Put stuffing in the bird if you wish at this point.) Rub the butter mixture all over the skin of the turkey, getting in the crevices. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer into the thigh, near the hip joint. Place the turkey, uncovered, back into the oven and continue roasting, basting/brushing with the juices in the pan every 30 minutes, until the thermometer registers 165 degrees F and until the juices no longer run pink. This will take another 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, depending on the size of the bird.
- Remove from the oven and cover lightly with foil until you are ready to carve.
- Combine the water, cider, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic, orange strips and rosemary in a large pot. Stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Bring to a boil, then cover and turn off the heat. Allow to cool completely before placing in the fridge to chill. Chill overnight, rinse and place in a roasting pan.
This is enough for a 20 pound fresh turkey. You can decrease the quantity for a smaller bird.
Recipe compliments of The Food Network.
Tis the season for parties, tasty cocktails and yummy holiday recipes. This month, we are featuring a cranberry chutney dish that has been created by our owner Susan Warner. Here is the recipe:
- 1 bag of cranberries
- 12 oz tart apples – peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp ginger – fresh, grated
- 2 tsp orange or lemon zest
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup of orange juice
- 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
Boil, then simmer for a half hour until the mixture thickens. You can add dried cherries if you like. Bon Appetit!
We love this delicious soup that is available on our special Thanksgiving Menu for November 23. This recipe blends tangy, sweet apples with mellow butternut squash; cumin, coriander, ginger, and cayenne creating vibrant flavors perfect for the holiday.
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and chopped
- 4 red or golden apples, peeled, cored, and chopped, plus 1 apple, finely diced and tossed in lemon juice, for garnish (optional)
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 1/2 cups water, plus more if needed
- Sour cream, for garnish (optional)
- Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Add squash, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes.
- Add apples, salt, cumin, coriander, ginger, cayenne, black pepper, stock, and the water (just enough to cover). Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until vegetables are very soft, about 30 minutes.
- Puree in batches in a food processor or blender until smooth, and return to saucepan. Heat over low, thinning with more water if necessary. To serve, ladle into shallow bowls; garnish with diced apples, and sour cream if desired.
Living Foods Gourmet Market is excited to be preparing culinary treats for the holiday season. As Thanksgiving approaches, Chef Justin Kai and his team are busy finalizing new recipes, as well as old favorites for their Thanksgiving menu offerings.
For the third year, the market is offering free-range turkeys from the Diestel Family Ranch in Sonora, California. This particular ranch is known for their farming practices including feeding the finest one hundred percent vegetarian U.S. sourced grains, as well as never administering growth stimulants, antibiotics or artificial flavors. Pre-orders for an uncooked 10-12 lb. and 12-14 lb. turkey can be made at the market, or by calling 808-742-2323. Pick-up for turkeys begins on Saturday, November 19th through Thursday, November 24th (Thanksgiving Day)
If you are looking to enhance your Thanksgiving menu, Living Foods is offering unique side dishes including Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, Maple Roasted Yams and Carrots, as well as Green Beans with Roasted Shallots. Classic favorites are also available like Stuffing with Dried Fruit, Celery and Sage, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy.
If sweets are on the mind, you can order a Pumpkin Pie, Walnut Tart or “Frank’s Famous Pumpkin Crunch Cheesecake.” All orders must be pre-paid by Tuesday, November 22nd, and can be picked up on Thursday, November 24th from 8am until 2pm.