Wow. This turkey was fantastic. Everyone at dinner mentioned it was the best turkey they had ever had. I added rosemary to the brine and that was it; put it in an oven bag and put that in a stockpot overnight in the fridge. I had a 12lb turkey, so I only used about a cup of salt. The next day, stuffed with a sliced apple, half a large onion, a chopped large carrot, and some sliced frozen celery. Rubbed with olive oil and put in the oven uncovered at 350 for 3 hours. I forgot the bay leaf but that probably didn't matter much. We poured apple wine over it, and halfway through added a cup of water in the pan since it dried up. Never flipped it. It came out perfect, the skin was crispy and yummy, and it cut like butter. Slightly salty but it tasted perfect. After the turkey is done I'll boil it down into soup, and add the vegetables that were stuffing it when the soup is done since they're already soft. I'll never make a turkey another way after this.
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Wow. This turkey was fantastic. Everyone at dinner mentioned it was the best turkey they had...