Recipe by AlisaLansdale
"This is my brother's way of making a turkey, and it turns out perfect every single time! Takes a whole day, but the rave reviews are worth it! This turkey recipe assumes you will be stuffing the turkey."
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1 (15 pound)
whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
butter, cut into 1-teaspoon pats
minced garlic, divided
1 (1 ounce) package
assorted fresh herbs (poultry seasoning blend)
garlic salt, or to taste
seasoned salt, or to taste
ground black pepper, or to taste
onion salt, or to taste
1 (16 ounce) package
butter, melted - divided
I made this recipe real close to how it's written, but I just did a turkey breast instead of the whole bird and I didn't have onion salt, so I used onion powder. I had issues with the bird not getting up to temperature, which I'm almost positive was due to the tenting. I seriously had this thing in the oven for 5 hours, the last 2 at 375. 3 1/2 hours in, I'm still at 125, so I raised to 375. Took another hour to get to 140. Finally at 4 1/2 hours, I pulled the tenting and it came up very quickly. My oven temperature is right. I have a couple thermometers inside (always) just to make sure my oven isn't lying to me. Now normally, I would pull stars for a recipe so off on timing, but the taste and juiciness of the bird was so fantastic that I can't pull anything off. I actually consider myself a bit of a turkey expert and I've never had one so nice before. The flavor was unique and it was so juicy. One more change I made was I didn't add 1/2 cup of butter every hour hour. I did the initial 1/2 cup, another one about 1 1/2 hours in and then I basted a couple of times with the liquid in the pan. If I was to make it again, I would stick with the onion powder vs. salt. I would sub garlic powder for the salt, and perhaps use unsalted butter. There is plenty of salt in the seasoning salt and the bacon to go around. I will definitely be making again using slightly different baking techniques.
Stuffed the turkey with onion and the herbs, it waz great to add to the wild rice side, really juicy turkey, hubby loved the bacon!!!
Wonderful recipe. It was easy to follow and the turkey turned out perfect! Plus, the gravy had a nice smokey flavor due to the bacon. We will definitely be making it again.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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Amount Per Serving
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