You will be simply amazed, and your friends and family will be delighted by this absolutely delicious turkey recipe. You may never cook turkey another way again – it’s that good! The result is juicy and succulent turkey with a taste that lives on in your mind.
The juices from this turkey recipe make a remarkable gravy. Depending upon what you decide to put in the roasting pan/baking dish, you can change the favor to suit your personal taste. If you’re cooking a turkey breast, under the turkey or in the bottom of the pan, place onions, carrots, and orange halves. If you are cooking a whole turkey, stuff the cavity with orange halves, onions, carrots, and celery. These ingredients will flavor the juices and, thus, the gravy. Eat them after or discard them if you wish.
An easy way to cook a turkey breast is to use a 9×13 baking dish lined with aluminum foil. This makes the clean-up so easy. Of course when cooking a whole turkey, you will want to use a bigger pan with a rack. If you don’t own a rack, line up ribs of celery and place the turkey on top of them – this will keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
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Ingredients for Turkey Recipe:
- 1 turkey breast or 1 whole turkey, completely thawed
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 bottle (12-ounce) beer
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- Garlic powder
- Onion, oranges, carrots, celery or other fruits and vegetables of choice
Directions for making Turkey Recipe:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Wash and thoroughly dry the turkey or turkey breast.
Place the turkey breast or whole turkey in the prepared pan (see above). Place desired fruits and vegetables around the turkey breast; stuff the cavity of a whole turkey with desired fruits and vegetables.
Combine the melted butter with the beer and pour over the turkey. Liberally rub mayonnaise all over the turkey including under the skin as much as possible (don’t skimp). Sprinkle lightly with crushed rosemary and garlic powder.
Place the turkey in the oven and immediately lower the temperature to 325 degrees.Do not baste the turkey. If cooking a whole turkey using a rack and you want to put more liquid in the bottom of the pan, use water or chicken broth.
Cooking time for a turkey varies. Plan on about 15 minutes a pound for an unstuffed turkey. The internal temperature on a meat thermometer should be 170 degrees for the breast and 180 degrees for the thigh. (Some whole turkeys have a pop-up timer, making the process easier. You can also purchase pop-up timers separately to insert yourself. Read the directions carefully regarding where to place them in the turkey.)
If the turkey is getting too brown on top and it’s not yet done, make a tent of aluminum foil to place lightly over the top of it. Just sit it lightly on top, do not cover it completely with the foil. (Otherwise you end up steaming the turkey and not roasting it, which increases the cooking time.)
Once the turkey is done, remove it from the oven and let it sit for about 20 – 25 minutes to allow the juices to settle within the meat – do not slice it until after it has rested. This will give you time to finish making the rest of the meal.
(Loosely based on food.com)