FAST UPSIDE-DOWN TURKEY
Here I've tested out not one, but two new things - cooking a turkey at a very high heat, as well as cooking it upside-down, which I've heard for decades is the way to go if you want moist, juicy meat. Whether you're looking to cook your turkey in half the time, or just want to see some raised eyebrows when you bring it to the table, I really do hope you give this a try soon!
Provided by Chef John
Number Of Ingredients 7
- Place turkey in a large pan, bowl, or tub. Remove the neck and innards and save to make a gravy, if desired. Season the inside of the turkey with 1 1/2 tablespoons salt, and then the outside with the rest, until the entire surface of the bird has a thin coating of salt crystals. Transfer to the refrigerator, uncovered, and let brine for 12 to 24 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Set a large foil roasting pan over a sheet pan.
- Cut the bread loaf lengthwise into two halves. Butter generously and place buttered-side up into the prepared roasting pan, pushing bread halves together so they are touching.
- Remove turkey from the fridge and stuff sage, rosemary, and thyme into the cavity. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and place breast-side down on top of the bread, making sure turkey is as steady and straight-up as possible. Tuck wing tips up and over the drumette.
- Roast in the preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 2 hours. Let turkey rest for at least 15 to 20 minutes before carving.
- In the meantime, cut bread into cubes and transfer onto a serving plate; keep warm as needed. Spoon juices onto the turkey, place it on top of the bread, and carve.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 633.3 calories, Carbohydrate 13.5 g, Cholesterol 220.7 mg, Fat 28.2 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 76.4 g, SaturatedFat 9 g, Sodium 1478.1 mg, Sugar 0.6 g
For super-flavorful gravy, scatter cut oranges, onion, and garlic, along with a few rosemary and sage sprigs, in the bottom of the pan before you begin roasting the turkey. This recipe for upside-down turkey is a fun way to prepare your Thanksgiving meal.
Provided by Martha Stewart
Number Of Ingredients 6
- In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup salt and 1 tablespoon pepper. Rub mixture all over turkey, including inside body cavity. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least overnight and up to 24 hours, to allow seasoning to penetrate meat.
- Remove plastic from turkey; rinse inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees with a rack in lower third. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together with kitchen twine. Trim bread to length of turkey breast (about 9 inches), then slice horizontally. Butter cut sides of bread. On a V-shaped wire rack set in a roasting pan, place slices side-by-side lengthwise, buttered-sides up. Place turkey breast-side down, so it rests on bread (not directly on rack). Roast 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and, using a kitchen towel to hold neck side and a wooden spoon inside cavity for leverage, carefully flip turkey breast-side up. Pour broth into pan, then rotate pan and return to oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees. Continue roasting, basting with pan juices every 20 minutes, until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh (avoiding bone) registers 165 degrees, about 2 hours more.
- Transfer turkey to a serving platter. Remove rack from pan; discard bread. Set pan with drippings aside to make your preferred gravy recipe (keeping in mind that drippings will be salty). Let turkey stand 30 minutes. Serve, garnished with figs, grapes, sage, and thyme.
UPSIDE DOWN TURKEY
This is a simple way to prepare a moist turkey without stuffing. The secret ingredient is butter -- it enhances the bird's natural flavor. When the turkey is done, the juices may be used to prepare a gravy by adding cornstarch 1 tablespoon at a time until the liquid begins to thicken. This recipe is based on a 13 pound bird. Adjust as necessary.
Provided by BLOND2
Number Of Ingredients 3
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Rinse turkey and remove giblets. Place turkey upside (breast) down in a roasting pan. Insert 1/4 cup butter inside the turkey. Place remaining butter in several pieces around the turkey. Pour water into the pan.
- Cook covered in the preheated oven 3 to 3 1/2 hours until the internal temperature of the thigh has reached 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).
Nutrition Facts : Calories 536.2 calories, Cholesterol 207.1 mg, Fat 28.1 g, Protein 66.4 g, SaturatedFat 9.9 g, Sodium 197.2 mg
UPSIDE DOWN TURKEY
I have been roasting my holiday turkeys upside down for 35 years. They are always moist. It's a little work flipping them for the last hour but worth every minute.
Provided by jean D.
Yield 1 Turkey, 6-8 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 3
- Wash turkey with clear water and pat dry. Mix seasonings together and rub all over the turkey.
- Invert turkey onto a rack in a roasting pan. Tuck wings under and cover with aluminum foil. Pour a small amount of wine over turkey. Place in 325 oven.
- Bake for 3 hours. Baste turkey every 30 minutes with wine. Use turkey baster to baste with juices in the pan. Remove from oven after 3 hours.With oven mitt covered hands flip the turkey and place back on the rack. Continue baking for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes before carving.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 2037.5, Fat 97.1, SaturatedFat 27.4, Cholesterol 823.2, Sodium 793.1, Carbohydrate 3.2, Sugar 1.2, Protein 247.3
PERFECTLY MOIST AND TENDER TURKEY
You only need three ingredients-plus salt and pepper-to create this perfect roast turkey. The secret is placing the bird over a buttered loaf of ciabatta bread, which helps the meat to cook evenly in the roasting pan.
Provided by Martha Stewart
Categories Turkey Recipes
Yield Makes one 18-pound turkey
Number Of Ingredients 4
- Allow turkey to stand at room temperature for about an hour.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees with rack in lower third of oven.
- Use a serrated knife to cut off top of bread to create a flat surface, if necessary. Cut bread lengthwise, without cutting all the way through. Open bread like a book. Evenly spread butter over cut-side of bread. Place bread, buttered side up, in large, heavy-duty roasting pan.
- Liberally season turkey inside and out with salt and pepper. Truss legs together using kitchen twine, and tuck wing tips under the breast. Place turkey, breast side down, on buttered bread. Place in oven, legs first if possible, and roast for 45 minutes. (If it's not possible to position turkey in oven legs first, rotate roasting pan halfway through cooking time.) Remove turkey from oven and reduce temperature to 350 degrees.
- Using a wooden spoon and side towels, carefully turn turkey so it's breast side up. Place in oven, breast side first if possible, and continue roasting, turning and basting with pan juices every 15 minutes until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (avoiding bone) reaches 165 degrees, about 1 1/2 hours more. (If it's not possible to position turkey in oven breast side first, rotate roasting pan halfway through cooking time.) Let turkey rest at least 30 minutes before carving.
HEATHER'S UPSIDE-DOWN TURKEY
Say good-bye to dried out turkey breast! This is a traditional roasted turkey recipe with one twist - it's cooked upside down.
Provided by HeathersCookin
Yield 8-15 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 12
- Fill room-temperature bird with aromatics, including onion, orange, celery, apple, cinnamon stick, handful of cranberries, bay leaves.
- Place bird UPSIDE-DOWN on rack in a roasting pan, rub with olive oil and favorite seasonings, including sage, rosemary, kosher salt, pepper. Add several cups of water or broth to the roasting pan; add more if needed as the bird cooks.
- Pre-heat oven and roast turkey at 400 for 30 minutes, 350 for several hours, and 275 for the last hour or two. Allow about 13-14 minutes per pound of turkey. White meat should be 165 and dark meat should be 175 degrees F.
- Rest the meat for 30 minutes, carve, and enjoy!
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