Hey my loves,
I’m sure you are not wanting to talk turkey so soon after Thanksgiving! But, I couldn’t help myself to hurry up and share my taste on roasting a turkey with my loves.
One of my fondest memories of my sweet mother during the holidays, was her cooking up the largest turkey she could find to feed a lot of people! Her turkey was simple but always moist and so, so yummy!
A few years back, I started cooking the turkey for our huge family holiday gatherings. No pressure on me lol, coming from my mother which was known for the best cook ever! Most importantly I did not want to let her down. Enjoying her turkey so much I wanted to roast the turkey pretty much like hers, but with my own taste! I prefer a clean, fresh turkey. And, like my mother, I buy a pretty big turkey (22 lbs or so). I use only fresh ingredients: chicken stock, onion, garlic, lemon or 2, sage, rosemary, butter, sea salt and ground black pepper to taste.
I soften the butter and finely chop up half the ingredients to add to the butter, then I like to squeeze lemon into mixture. I rub the butter mixture all over and under the skin of the turkey. The extra lemon, onion, garlic and the rest of the fresh ingredients I put inside the turkey. I pour a couple of cups of chicken stock into the roasting pan and then I place the turkey in the pan. Now the turkey is ready to go into a pre heated oven at 450* for an hour. Then I turn temperature down to 325* until done.
My sweet mother always gave me her approval on my turkey, which made me feel proud coming from the best cook ever, to me!
It’s such a simple recipe with abundance of flavors that will never leave you or your loves disappointed.
with love, Catherine
P.S. I only cover the turkey when I turn temperature down and I like to baste the turkey every 30 minutes to keep it moist.