Nov 18 2010

most flavorful turkey

My Method for Brining a Turkey

1 gallon of water
1 cup of Kosher salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons of pickling spice
3 cloves of garlic, crushed

Add all of the ingredients to a very large stockpot and bring to a boil. After it has reached a rolling boil you can remove the stockpot from the heat. Let the water return to room temperature. Strain to remove pickling spices and garlic. Add your turkey to the cooled water.

Place the stockpot in the refrigerator to brine overnight (or up to 24 hours).

Remove the turkey from the brining mixture one hour prior to cooking and allow to air dry.

My Notes for Roasting the Perfect Turkey

-Stuff cavity with chopped apples, thyme, and onion.

-Roast turkey with the breast side down for the first half of overall cooking time, invert for second half.

-Sear turkey at 500°F for 20 minutes. Then lower the oven temperature to 325°F for remaining cooking time.

-Cook to an internal temperature of 180°F degrees.

-For every hour the turkey was in the oven – it must rest for 15 minutes before carving. Example: If the turkey was roasting for 2 1/2 hour – you must let the turkey rest for approximately 40 minutes before carving.

Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below.

Feb 27 2010

roasted vegetables

Roasting vegetables is easy.  Roasting will concentrate the flavors of your vegetables by caramelizing the natural sugars and producing a sweeter flavor.  This is a great way to get children to eat their vegetables.

– Cube your favorite vegetables
– Spread them onto a cookie sheet
– Drizzle with olive oil, kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Bake at 400 until tender and darkened around edges (about 30 minutes)

You can add fresh rosemary or thyme if desired.

In this picture I used sweet potatoes, golden beets and celery root.  Other vegetable combinations could include the following: red potatoes, red beets, carrots, red onion, asparagus and eggplant.