Excellent recipe the first time I made it and here's what I did to change it up for Christmas. I brined it overnight in a cooler in 8 gallons of ice cold water to 8 cups of kosher salt and 6 cups of loosely packed dark brown sugar. After taking it out of the brine mix I thoroughly rinsed it. I then put the turkey in a bowl in the fridge to rest for 3 hours then discarded more of the brine. Set oven at 400 degrees. Paper towelled the brined turkey dry, put unsalted butter under the skin of the breast with 1 large bay leaf under skin of each breast. I then rubbed a mixture of roasted garlic, unsalted butter, and sage all over the turkey. I put the turkey on a bed of carrots, celery, and onion, breast side down, then added 1/4 cup water. Turkey roasted uncovered for 1 hour at 400 degrees fahrenheit, without opening oven door turned it down to 300 degrees fahrenheit. Roasted at 300 degrees fahrenheit for an hour. Opened the door to baste the turkey. Roasted another hour at 300 and basted again. Covered turkey with foil. Roasted another 15 - 30 minutes. Uncovered turkey, basted it and probed with thermometer, removed when it reached 180 degrees fahrenheit. Let it rest for 20 minutes covered with foil. All in all roasted 3 1/2 hours. Best turkey I have ever had! Moist, flavourful and delicious yes even the breast. NOTES: Not necessary to turn the turkey ...don't use chicken broth or salted butter on a brined turkey or your gravy/turkey will be salty.
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Excellent recipe the first time I made it and here's what I did to change it up for Christmas....