Monday, November 24, 2008

Herb Roasted Turkey

Thanksgiving is on Thursday and I saved the best for last from my Thanksgiving Menu :

Herb Roasted Turkey
1 Reynolds Oven Bag
1 tbls flour
1 stick butter
6 fresh bay leaves
4 stalks celery, sliced
2 medium onions, sliced
2 lemons, zested
12 fresh sage leaves
salt and pepper
12 lb turkey, thawed

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. In a small sauce pan, melt butter and bay leaves. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Freeze for about 15 minutes so it returns to solid form.

3. Shake flour in the bag and put it in your roasting pan. Add half of your celery and onions to the bag.

4. In a large bowl, mix the remaining celery and onion with the lemon zest, sage leaves and salt and pepper. Remove neck and giblets from the turkey. Stuff the turkey under the breast and the neck the with the veggie mixture. This will add aromatics to the turkey and round the shape of the turkey out for uniform browning.

5. Rub turkey with the solid sage butter. Close the bag with the nylon tie provided. Cut six half-inch slits in the top and tuck the ends of the bag in the pan. Bake for 3 hours.

6. Cut the bag open and bake for another half hour to brown the turkey fully. Allow the turkey to rest for 20 minutes before carving to let the juices soak back in.




Controlling My Chaos said...

Sounds yummy. I usually go the oven bag route too. This year I'm going to try brining. It should be interesting.

More Than Words said...


I think I'm going to try that this year!!!!

Hippie Family... said...

seriously. turkeys scare the heck out of me.. I am hopeful never to have to cook one.

LuckyMe said...

The Reynolds oven bag is the best! Keeps the oven so clean. I know a family who put the oven on clean and went to bed last Thanksgiving and the house caught on fire. No injuries, but a lot of damage.
thanks for your kind comments. Stop by my blog for some party game ideas.
Happy Turkey Day!

HDMac said...

I love the oven bags... the turkey always comes out sooooo very juicy and good! :)

Hippie Family... said...

I've been thinking, and I think you need to move here.. we can set up cooking classes :D it could be your new job!

Frizzy said...

I'm drooling and need to get up from this computer and get dressed. Will you please go buy my turkey for me? This has been the most difficult task for me and I don't know why. I may have to try your recipe my dear! YUM as always.

brettinsky said...

yummy! Please save me a seat at your table! ;)

debi9kids said...

YUUUUUUUUM! I am so ready for Thanksgiving!

EmmaP said...

sounds good! i'll be sure to wear my "elastice pants" - bwahahahaha!

Anonymous said...

This sounds fabulous!!!

I love turkey...Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it is all the food I love!!!

Alicia @ Oh2122 said...

Sounds yummy!

Have you ever brined a turkey? It's really good. (A'la Alton Brown on Food Network.) It works for chicken too!

Jennifer said...

Sounds delicious! I'm getting so excited about Turkey Day!!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

Yum...I love turkey and this Herb turkey sounds good. Thanks

Jen said...

Sound like a great recipe.

Rhea said...

delicious! I love, love, love turkey.

Melissa B. said...

Oh, it too late to change my Turkey Day menu?

Kim @ Homesteader's Heart said...

I've always used the Reynolds Bag. It's just me being lazy LOL. But it does come out good doesn't it? LOL

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