Recipes For My Boys: turkey
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Showing posts with label turkey. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Roast Turkey and Being Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving!!!  I made this turkey last Wednesday.  Little did I know it would not be eaten, or even tasted.  My precious 5 year old son, the youngest twin, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia after being sick with the flu for 11 days.  The pneumonia turned into double pneumonia. Seven days later and we are still at the hospital...hoping and praying he will be released today. We are taking it one day at a time.  

I'm very thankful my youngest son is getting better...slowly. which is fine with me while he builds the strength needed to be well, once again.  For the doctors and medicine that has helped him and now my oldest son.  I'm thank for for all the prayers, support and well wishes from friends, personal and Recipes For My Boys, and family, they are greatly appreciated.  Not only for my youngest but for all of us, my oldest is sick now.  I'm thankful I am able to be beside them, should they need to lean on me.  In front of them, should they need guidance.  Behind them, if ever they start to fall.   I'm Thankful for being Blessed with My Three Boys that fill my heart with love and happiness.   For being given the greatest of all gifts..that of being a Mama to my precious children and wife to a loving, caring husband of 24 years.  I Love You All!  

As this was being published, the nurse came in and said  he could go home!!!!!  So very thankful!!!!

NOTE:  Since we were never able eat this turkey.   I am not certain how the bay leaves will be.  Personally, I think they add a great hint of flavor.  You be the judge as this is my "Tasteless Turkey!" 

Roast Turkey

12 to 14 lb turkey, fresh or thawed completely
 2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon white pepper or to taste
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon celery seed
2-3 bay leaves, optional
1 stick butter, very cold, cut in 16 slices
1 lemon, halved

Spray roasting pan and rack.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Mix everything except bay leaves and butter together and put in an empty spice container if you have one.  Put aside.
Cut butter and place on plate.  Sprinkle both sides with spice mix using only enough to coat slices.  Alternately, dip each slice of butter in spice mixture to coat each side.
Removed giblets and neck from thawed turkey.  Save if you are going to make gravy.
Rinse turkey, inside and out.  Pat dry. 
Slide fingers under skin, starting at the neck, and gently loosen the skin without tearing it.  
Place slices of spiced butter under the skin on the breast and legs, saving 2 to 4 slices to rub turkey skin with.
Rub turkey with remaining slices of butter.
Put turkey on it's back on rack in pan. 
Squeeze lemon over turkey.
Sprinkle inside and out with remaining spice mixture. 
Put lemon halves inside turkey cavity.
Add bay leaves.  

Cook on lowest rack in preheated 325 oven for 1 hour.  Baste with juice in pan continue to baste every 30 minutes.  Cook for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours or until thickest part of thigh, without touching the bone is 180 degrees F.   Remove from oven, tent with foil and let rest at least 30 minutes before carving.  Enjoy!  

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Moist and Flavorful Roasted Turkey

I saw a turkey in the freezer the other day and knew right away that is what I wanted to eat.  The only problem was I had to way for it to thaw!  Oh boy, it was so worth the wait!  Every now and then, I just have to have turkey. It seems I always associate turkey with a holiday.  The smell of turkey throughout the night and into the morning as the day begins.  My Darling Daddy would set the clock for midnight, wake up and put the turkey in the oven, having it all set to go in the fridge. It was an amazing turkey but I prefer to cook mine just before I eat it.  Sometimes I brine it but today it went straight into the oven with a lemon, lemon basil, thyme, onion and margarine...Can you say YUM?!  I hope you enjoy it, we did!

 Moist and Flavorful Roasted Turkey

1 12 lb. turkey
1 stick margarine, very cold and sliced
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper (to your taste), more if desired for sprinkling
2 teaspoon dried thyme, more for sprinkling
6 to 10 lemon basil leaves
handful of garlic cloves, peeled and lightly crushed or head of garlic,cut in half
1 lemon, halved
1 small onion, quartered
spray or melted margarine to baste, if needed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove neck and giblets from cavities of turkey.  Save to make gravy, if you wish.
Rinse turkey and pat dry.
Sprinkle salt, pepper and thyme inside of turkey cavities, body and neck.
Place garlic, lemon and onion pieces inside turkey.
Cut cold margarine into thin slices.
Mix salt, thyme and pepper in a small bowl.
Press margarine slices into salt mixture.
Fit your hand under skin of turkey and place slices of margarine between skin and meat.
Saving a few to rub the skin with.
Put lemon basil leaves under skin and on top of meat of turkey.
Rub remaining margarine slices on skin, squeeze half a lemon over the turkey.
Sprinkle salt, thyme and pepper if desired.
Put in a roaster and cook in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Baste with drippings, if any.  If not,  spray or brush with margarine.
Continue to baste every 30 minutes.
It should be done in 2 hours 15 to 30 minutes or 20 minutes per pound.  Mine was done in 2 hrs. 20 minutes.   Liquid should be clear when pierced in meaty part of thigh and drumstick move easily.  Temperature should be 175 to 180 degrees in the thickest part of thigh without touching bone.  Let sit for at least 15 minutes before carving.  Save juices in pan to serve over turkey as it is or made into gravy.  Enjoy! <3 and hugs! 
First day.  Very moist and oh so yummy!
Second day...just as moist and more flavorful! 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Brined and Smoked Turkey

It's that time of year again.  Yep, Turkey Time!  (written a few weeks ago)

Getting ready for Turkey Day, I wanted to try different ways cook the big bird. I brined a turkey and my hubby, Ted, said he wants to smoke it. Being the considerate  person I am, I agreed! ~smiles~

Remember, turkey isn't just for the holidays.  This is perfect for a get together during the summer months, too.  We have done this many times.  <3 and hugs!

Make certain you have room in refrigerator to put the container you are brining your turkey in or enough ice to keep it COLD at all times.

Brine for Turkey

turkey..mine was 12 lbs
1  1/2 to 2 gallons water
1 cups coarse kosher salt
1 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup minced garlic
2 -3 stalks celery, cut in chunks
1 medium to large onion, cut in half
8 bay leaves..depending on size
1 stick of butter or margarine, cut in slices
turkey sized roasting bag
container to brine turkey in..I used a 5 gallon bucket, bleached.  The turkey was put in the roasting bag, inside the bucket, inside the fridge! ;D

Rinse bird and remove neck and giblets. Save these if you want to make gravy.
Mix 1 1/2 gallons water and remaining ingredients in a pitcher or container.
Stir to dissolve.
Put rinsed turkey in bag then in container.
Pour brine over turkey.
Add more water if needed.
Brine overnight.  If brining for a shorter amount of time, increase the sugar and salt by 1 cup each.

Take out of brine and rinse thoroughly, inside and out.  Pat dry and place slices of butter under the skin.  You can add the veggies to the cavity if you wish for added flavor,  but do not eat them.  They will be too salty.

While waiting for charcoal to get red...presoak hickory chips for 30 minutes or more.
Take chips out of water and put on hot coals.
When grill is between 250 and 275 degrees...put turkey off to the side, away from the coals, on grill.
Check in an hour.  Tent with foil if the breast is getting too brown.  Our turkey was done in 3 1/2 hours.  Internal temperature in leg should be 175 - 180 degrees and the breast should be 165 - 170 degrees.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Simmered Cabbage

What better to eat fix on a dark, windy and rainy Sunday...  This was perfect for yesterday since it had been raining for 3 days and a storm was brewing for the night.  I started this in mid-morning, the smell was wonderful throughout the day.  The thought of supper simmering away on the back burner was a great relief.  This would cook well in a crock pot also.  

Simmered Cabbage


1/2 to 1 lb of ground turkey or sirloin
1 head of cabbage, chopped into pieces
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
1 tablespoon minced garlic, I used from jar in olive oil
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup onion, diced
4 cups chicken broth, I used boxed
28 ounces tomato sauce or diced tomatoes
Optional ingredients...whole kernel corn, chunks of potatoes, celery and carrots can be added about 20 minutes before cabbage is done.   
Can also fry bacon, crumble and add at the end, instead of the ground meat.  Using 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings to season.

Brown meat and drain if any fat is present.
Add onions, season with salt, pepper and garlic.  Cook until starting to get tender.
Add chicken broth, tomato sauce or tomatoes, and cabbage.

Bring to boil and simmer until cabbage is almost done and add optional vegetables if desired.  
Cook until tender, stirring occasionally.  
Remove bay leaves before serving.

Enjoy!  <3 and Hugs!

Would be great with this......Buttermilk and Corn Corn Bread.  

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