An easy way to make the perfect Thanksgiving Turkey at home...

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An easy way to make the perfect  Thanksgiving Turkey at home!

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How to make the perfect Turkey at home? This question comes up in most households a few days before Thanksgiving. The answer is very easy, everyone has their secret solution to this question.

My answer is very simple and it is based and built on years of trial and error, as with anything else experience is important. There were years, I did not plan it out correctly and I would be panicking and stress just made things worse, it did not help.

The most important part is to Plan ahead. I ordered a fresh 12 lbs. Turkey and ended up picking up on Tuesday a 13.5 lbs. Turkey. (There was some room for error)

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Based on the size of the bird I brined it for about 12-13 hours. The solution is easy as well:  one cup of coarse Kosher Salt and about six quarts of water warmed until the salt dissolved. Then a whole bunch of aromatics, such as bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, orange zest, lemon zest, whole pepper corns, whole cloves and Herbs of Provence. The brining solution should be room temperature. Place the Turkey in a Stainless-Steel pot and pour the solution to cover the meat. Place the cover on the pot and let it sit in the refrigerator for 12-13 hours. The idea is not to marinate or season the Turkey, just to add flavored moisture to be absorbed by the meat. Consider this as “insurance” that your Turkey will be moist.

Once the time is up drain the liquid and put back the Turkey in the same container in the Refrigerator until you are ready to bake it.

When I am 15 minute out I take the Turkey out, use one stick of salt free butter cut it in about eight squares and slide the butter under the skin of the Turkey, the side that will be up, and I also throw one inside the cavity, then throw a bay leaf and some Italian parsley in the cavity as well at the bottom of the pan I have onions sliced, carrots and a couple of root vegetables such as turnips and rutabagas, a cup of white wine whatever is in the fridge gets used. Then last step I brush the skin with olive oil (use top of the line cold pressed but any will do).

In the meantime, I set the temperature to 325 degrees and I put the Turkey in for 3.5 hrs. This is where you need to trust your oven. I never open the oven; hence I have perfect even temperature for the time it is in the oven.  Once I take it out I let it rest for 30 minutes before I do the carving.

Yes, I know my mother used to cover it with bacon and used a basting tool to add liquids on top of and inside the turkey. Look at the picture and take my word it is the most flavorful and moist turkey imaginable.

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Easy and stress free. The sides get made before, since most people do not have company until about 4:30 -5pm so you can bake the mashed potatoes, the stuffing, as well as the crescent rolls or other rolls before.  While the Turkey is baking make the green beans, the butternut squash and while the Turkey is resting warm the rest of the sides in the oven.

If you are interested how to make those as well, please let me know and I will write about how to do  that next time. Just to give you an idea the only thing I made in advance was the Cranberry Sauce and the only thing I bought ready to serve was the Trader Joe’s Turkey gravy. Reason being theirs is so good so why go through the trouble.

 

 

If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at310.486.1002 (m) or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at  http://www.endrebarath.com.  I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Kathleen Daniels
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Endre,  I remember the days of roasting a turkey and preparing all the trimmings.  It is truly a celebration and the smells ... oh ... the smell of the kitchen and home ... amazing. 

Nov 26, 2016 08:14 AM #8
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Endre -- my perfect way of turkey preparation involves my engaging personality being invited to enjoy it in someone elses home.  Maybe you and Diane will be so honored next year -- if you're good.  LOL.   

Nov 26, 2016 08:19 AM #9
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Laura Cerrano  great point yes Turkey can be made other times as well:))Endre

Nov 26, 2016 10:31 AM #10
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Curtis Van Carter  great point, I wonder what is the biggest pizza ordering day in the year? I know when it is MLB Play Offs there is a lot of pizza in our household:))Endre

Nov 26, 2016 10:32 AM #11
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Patricia Feager  hope yours was good too and your friendship is cherished, Endre

Nov 26, 2016 10:34 AM #12
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Gabe Sanders  I have seen on the Internet being done.... I just never do any type of frying... how many quarts of oil do you need about six or more to cover the Turkey? Endre

Nov 26, 2016 10:36 AM #13
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Lise Howe  thank you for stopping by please check out my latest post figured you would appreciate it...BTW he is still at it:))Endre

Nov 26, 2016 10:37 AM #14
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Oh my gosh, that looks DIVINE, Endre Barath, Jr.!  And, I never knew about not opening the oven - it's obvious basting wasn't needed with your bird!  Thanks for sharing!

Nov 26, 2016 11:16 AM #15
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Hi Endre - True confession - I don't much like turkey, and no one else really wants to cook on Thanksgiving or Christmas, so we always have prime rib, leg of lamb, tenderloin with Bearnaise, or my special lasagna with everything - Bolognese, becciamela, pasta sheets - all cooked from scratch (which is a long day in the kitchen, because I bake bread and make a special dessert too, but totally worth it - there are never leftovers).

Nov 26, 2016 12:49 PM #16
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson  most people will agree with you, the purpose of bacon to cover the Turkey is to have the fat dripping into the meat and keep the turkey moist...since we do not eat any pork since who knows how many years (not for religious reasons but for the sake of the animal....) hence the butter under the skin substitutes the fat keeping the meat moist...Endre

Nov 26, 2016 12:59 PM #17
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Wayne Martin  it does save some time but in the long run it is worth it, Endre

Nov 26, 2016 01:00 PM #18
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Kathleen Daniels  yes the "smells" give a very comforting feeling in the small house we live in....Endre

Nov 26, 2016 01:01 PM #19
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Michael Jacobs  I will try to behave, but it is so hard..... periodically give me an update as to my standing, so we can make sure that we have your company  next  Thanksgiving, Endre

Nov 26, 2016 01:38 PM #20
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Debe Maxwell  I was baking the stuffing prior to baking the Turkey and when I took it out and re calibrated the temperature there was a 40 degree swing from opening the oven door two times....

Nov 26, 2016 01:42 PM #21
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Dick Greenberg  I should have invited myself to your home:)) would have been easier on me:)) I am somewhat limited by Diane's requirements, no pork, no bacon, no red meat and the list goes on and on... I put my foot down and that is how chicken, turkey and all seafood and shell fish remain on the menu:))Endre

Nov 26, 2016 01:44 PM #22
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Endre

Your tip on cooking a turkey is right on point.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 26, 2016 07:42 PM #23
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Lou Ludwig  glad you stopped in, hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving, Endre

Nov 26, 2016 10:32 PM #24
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Thanks for your suggestions. You can post this advice again for Christmas.

Nov 27, 2016 04:16 AM #25
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Great point Roy Kelley  that is probably the second biggest Holiday that Turkey is consumed....Endre

Nov 27, 2016 08:46 AM #26
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Looks great:) and I'm sure your house smelled absolutely yummy for a few days even after Thanksgiving:) 

Nov 28, 2016 11:43 PM #27
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