Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe
My grandmother and mother passed this recipe on to me. It changes just a little every year, because we've never written it down before. But it is always incredibly juicy and succulent!
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Well, seriously, I love to try new ways of doing turkey and this is, so far, the BEST! It's hard to overcook this turkey because the meat is SO moist and FULL of proper flavor. I mixed up all and lots of the herbs and rubbed the cavity AND 'under' the skin and over the skin. In pouring the ginger ale or Champagne over the turkey be careful and don't pour much over because it washes the herbs off. Maybe rubbing butter on first will help the herbs 'stick' so they won't wash off. I think the champagne is better than the ginger ale only because we found the gravy ended up a 'bit' sweet from the pop and needed to be compensated by more salt and pepper. Some people actually liked the slight sweet taste for a change. No more brining the turkey. No more turning turkey upside down. This is simple, and the white meat is as moist as the dark and NOT dry. We've cooked a lot of turkeys but this is a keeper. That's not to say we won't try another recipe. It's fun to experiment. Enjoy.
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If you know the basics of cooking, and can manage an oven, then this turkey recipe should be no problem. Not only is it super easy, but it is super tasty. By far the best turkey recipe I have found. The orange really gives it a unique flavor. Hands down the most juicy turkey I have ever had.
Ummm, basically the best turkey recipe ever! I used ginger ale instead of champagne since I live in a dry county and you cant buy champagne. I didnt use carrots or celery since I dont like either. I stuffed with orange, apples, onion and all the seasonings then cooked in a baking bag. It was a 24 pound turkey and was done in 3 and a half hours. Super juicy and falling off the bone. The gravy made with the juice was awesome too! All around a great recipe that I will be using year after year! Thank ou for sharing!!
This will be my Thanksgiving turkey recipe from now on. I've used the spices with pork roasts too and had excellent results.
This is by far the BEST turkey I have ever had - even more moist than a fried turkey. The first time, however, I substituted sparkling cider for the champagne. The 2nd time I used the champagne. It was very moist and delicious, but next time I use the cider. It added an extra layer of flavor. There was no need for cranberry sauce because of the moist and flavorful meat! Thanks for a recipe that allows me to be proud of the beautiful golden turkey that tastes as good as it looks!