"Want a delicious, tender, juicy and BEAUTIFUL turkey? Try what my Grandpa taught me when I was just a little girl. I've ALWAYS made my turkey this way and it always turns out great. And besides, you get LOTS of wide eyed looks! The idea behind the cola is that the acid in the soda helps to tenderize the bird, the sugar and caramel gives it just a hint of sweetness, and the coloring helps to give the bird a beautiful roasted color. Enjoy!!
" — Leslie Eickhoff-Davis
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1 (16 pound)
whole turkey - thawed, neck and giblets removed
cola-flavored carbonated beverage (such as Coke®)
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Great recipe. In Louisiana ,down on the Bayou Teche we did this a lot, sometimes with Cola, then with 1/2 Cola and 1/2 Apple cider or even sometimes with Root beer. Try using a reduction to about 1/2 the amount of Cola or other as a baste. Note: never use a DIET Cola or DIET root beer ! Fantastic on ham !
This did brown especially beautiful and tasted good, but I probably would not use this recipe again.
Love it! I tried it out before turkey day just to make sure it was tasty on a smaller bird and it worked out great. Highly recommended!
I roasted a turkey using this recipe last night! My family & I were very happy with the results! This was probably one of the most tender & juicy turkeys we've ever had! In addition, the beautiful golden brown color made for a great presentation! I followed the recipe as written & wouldn't change a thing! Thanks for posting this recipe! It will be a "family tradition" from now on!
I used root beer instead of cola and it worked great! The turkey browned very nicely and was juicy and tender. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is that the gravy I made from the pan drippings was too sweet for me, but my husband liked it!
Wonderful! We made this with Root Beer and added Celery and Onions! Very easy and yummy!
We used this with a cooking bag and it turned out great. Very moist!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Cola Roast Turkey
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 451
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