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Roasted Turkey

Roasted Turkey

by Pam on November 20, 2013

I made an early Thanksgiving dinner last Sunday and I wanted to make a roasted turkey that was simple and delicious. I looked in my cooking “bible” The New Best Recipe Cookbook from the editors of Cook’s Illustrated and found the perfect recipe. I loved the technique they used for cooking the bird. First you brine the bird for four hours then you let it dry out in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours (up to overnight). When you are ready to roast the turkey you first spread a little bit of butter all over the bird then simply season it. Next, cook the bird breast side down for awhile. Then, carefully turn the bird onto it’s side, baste it, and cook for a little bit. Next, flip it to it’s other side, baste it, then cook for awhile. Finally, place the bird breast side up, baste it, then finish roasting until the bird is done. Doing this made the turkey cook very evenly and the breast meat stayed moist and tender while the dark meat finished cooking. I thought it might be difficult to do but it was actually super easy. It turned out to be a beautifully cooked bird that was flavorful, moist, and super delicious. We all enjoyed it!

Remove the neck (and anything else) from the cavity of the turkey. Dissolve the salt in 2 gallons of cold water in a large stockpot or clean bucket. Add the turkey and refrigerate or set in a very cool spot (4o degrees or colder) for 4 hours.

Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse well under cool running water, and pat dry inside and out with paper towels. Place the turkey on a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Place the turkey, uncovered, in the refrigerator and air-dry for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Adjust the oven rack to the lowest position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss one third of the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, and sage along with 1 tablespoon of butter into the turkey cavity then season the cavity with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Bring the turkey legs together and truss[1] the bird.

Drizzle the olive oil in the bottom of a roasting pan. Scatter the remaining vegetables, thyme, and sage in the roasting pan. Pour 1 cup of  water over the vegetables. Set a roasting rack in the pan. Brush the entire turkey evenly with the remaining butter, then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Place the turkey, breast side down, on the rack.  Place into the oven and roast for 45 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, making sure to close the oven door, and place onto the counter. Baste the bird with the juices from the pan then carefully turn the turkey, leg/thigh-side up with a couple of wads of paper towels. Side Note: My turkey wanted to fall over so I balled up some tin foil to hold the turkey up. I was worried that the tin foil would rip the turkey skin, so I placed a couple of the onion chunks in between the tinfoil and the bird – it worked great! Baste the bird again then place back into the oven for 15 minutes. If there isn’t much liquid in the bottom of the pan, add another 1/2 cup of water.

Remove the pan from the oven, making sure to close the oven door, and place onto the counter. Baste the bird with the juices from the pan then carefully turn the turkey so the other leg/thigh-side is up with the couple of wads of paper towels you used before. Side Note: Use the balled up tin foil and onions to hold up the bird again. Baste the bird again then place back into the oven for 15 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, making sure to close the oven door, and place onto the counter. Baste the bird with the juices from the pan then carefully turn the turkey so it’s breast side up with the couple of wads of paper towels you used before. Baste the bird really well then place back into the oven to finish roasting, about 45 minutes or until the breast registers 165 with a meat thermometer and the thigh registers to 170-175.

Remove from the oven to a carving board and let the bird rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. Enjoy.

 



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Roasted Turkey




Prep Time: 4 hours brine + 8 hours in the refrigerator

Cook Time: 2 + hours



Ingredients:

2 cups of table salt
1 (12 lb) turkey, rinsed thoroughly
2 tsp olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped coarse
3 carrots, chopped coarse
3 stalks of celery, chopped coarse
3 cloves of garlic
Several sprigs of thyme, divided
Several leaves of sage, divided
3 tbsp butter butter
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Remove the neck (and anything else) from the cavity of the turkey. Dissolve the salt in 2 gallons of cold water in a large stockpot or clean bucket. Add the turkey and refrigerate or set in a very cool spot (4o degrees or colder) for 4 hours.

Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse well under cool running water, and pat dry inside and out with paper towels. Place the turkey on a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Place the turkey, uncovered, in the refrigerator and air-dry for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Adjust the oven rack to the lowest position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss one third of the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, and sage along with 1 tablespoon of butter into the turkey cavity then season the cavity with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Bring the turkey legs together and truss the bird.

Drizzle the olive oil in the bottom of a roasting pan. Scatter the remaining vegetables, thyme, and sage in the roasting pan. Pour 1 cup of water over the vegetables. Set a roasting rack in the pan. Brush the entire turkey evenly with the remaining butter, then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Place the turkey, breast side down, on the rack. Place into the oven and roast for 45 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, making sure to close the oven door, and place onto the counter. Baste the bird with the juices from the pan then carefully turn the turkey, leg/thigh-side up with a couple of wads of paper towels. Side Note: My turkey wanted to fall over so I balled up some tin foil to hold the turkey up. I was worried that the tin foil would rip the turkey skin, so I placed a couple of the onion chunks in between the tinfoil and the bird – it worked great! Baste the bird again then place back into the oven for 15 minutes. If there isn’t much liquid in the bottom of the pan, add another 1/2 cup of water.

Remove the pan from the oven, making sure to close the oven door, and place onto the counter. Baste the bird with the juices from the pan then carefully turn the turkey so the other leg/thigh-side is up with the couple of wads of paper towels you used before. Side Note: Use the balled up tin foil and onions to hold up the bird again. Baste the bird again then place back into the oven for 15 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, making sure to close the oven door, and place onto the counter. Baste the bird with the juices from the pan then carefully turn the turkey so it’s breast side up with the couple of wads of paper towels you used before. Baste the bird really well then place back into the oven to finish roasting, about 45 minutes or until the breast registers 165 with a meat thermometer and the thigh registers to 170-175.

Remove from the oven to a carving board and let the bird rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. Enjoy.



 

 

 

References

  1. ^ truss (www.finecooking.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole with Shallot Crumb Topping

Not your Momma’s Green Bean Casserole!

Confession: I strongly dislike mushy green beans.

Year after year I’ve been asked to post a lighter green bean casserole, and I’ve opted out because the thought of mushy green beans in canned soup with fried onions just doesn’t do it for me.  I’m very particular about how I like my green beans, I love them roasted so they get a little browned[1], cooked until tender crisp.  I like them sauteed with a little garlic and oil[2], I even love them in a salad[3]… but frozen or out of a can… I can do without them.

But, seeing how so many of you love green bean casserole, and after getting a Williams Sonoma Catalog with a (not light) recipe inside, I was inspired to give this a try.

I blanched my green beans for 2 minutes so they wouldn’t turn to mush. If you like your green beans soft, I would boil them for 5-7 minutes.

I made a mushroom sauce with milk and chicken stock instead of heavy cream. After tasting it, I thought it needed a little extra something, so I added some Pecorino Romano.

That fixed the flavor problem! Then came the topping, I wasn’t about to fry onions so I chopped up some shallots and decided to go with a toasted bread crumb topping instead. Next time I may add a little bacon to this (yes, there will be a next time). Put it in the oven and crossed my fingers. When it came out of the oven I served myself a plate and thought it was pretty good! In fact, I had to servings, but this was my lunch so I didn’t feel guilty.

Tips: Next time I make this I will cut the green beans in half, I think it would be easier to serve. Panko would work great in place of the bread crumbs. Adding a little bacon or pancetta to the crumbs would be delicious in my opinion. You can certainly halve this to feed a family of 4. Hope you enjoy!



Lightened Up Green Bean Casserole with Shallot Crumb Topping
Adapted from Williams Sonoma[4]
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1/8 • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts 
Calories: 160 • Fat: 6 g • Carb: 22 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 7 g • Sugar: 2 g
Sodium: 280.5 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs green beans, cut in half, trimmed and washed

For the topping:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup shallots, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme (or 1 tsp fresh)

 For the green beans:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shallots, minced
  • 16 oz sliced mushrooms, (I used cremini)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken stock (or vegetable for vegetarian)
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese


Directions:

Boil a large pot of water, when boiling add green beans and blanch for 2 minutes (or 6-8 minutes if you like them softer). Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop them from cooking.

Meanwhile make the topping, heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat.  Add the shallots and sauté about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Reduce heat to medium-low, add breadcrumbs, grated cheese and thyme; sauté until golden brown, about 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, careful not to burn.  

Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sauté 1 to 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and sauté 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Sprinkle flour over the mushrooms, stir constantly for about a minute, then slowly add chicken stock, then milk. Bring to a low boil, and cook stirring occasionally until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in Romano cheese. 

Add blanched green beens and mix well, season with salt and pepper as needed; pour into prepared baking dish. 

Top with toasted bread crumbs and bake about 30 minutes.

References

  1. ^ roasted so they get a little browned (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ sauteed with a little garlic and oil (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ salad (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Williams Sonoma (www.williams-sonoma.com)

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Sweet Potato Turkey Shepards Pie

Ground turkey sautéed with mixed vegetables, sliced mushrooms and fresh herbs with a savory garlic sweet potato topping. Comfort food without the guilt!


This is a crazy month for the North East. First we got slammed with a hurricane, and yesterday a Nor’easter. This is what it looks like outside my door…








Thousands of people, including myself are still without power. Here on the south shore of Long Island, the fear the power company has is if they turn the power back on, it may start fires to the homes with severe water damage. There of talks of having to inspect every home before they turn the power back on… I’m afraid this means it could be a while before I get my power back.

I’m not complaining, I’m managing fine for now thanks to my generator to keep my house warm, but many neighbors aren’t so lucky. Yesterday I visited an elderly woman who lives by herself, was cold, had no food and it just broke my heart knowing she is one of many. My girlfriend and I went grocery shopping for her and brought her some food and batteries and a warm hug, but she insisted on staying home despite the cold.


Talk about a month to give thanks, I just want to remind you all to count your blessings! Be thankful for the little things: heat, clean water, hot showers, electricity, and hot food on the table. The simple necessities we often take for granted.


This dish can be assembled ahead of time, then baked in the oven when you are ready to eat. It also freezes well and reheats great. I made them in individual oven safe dishes for perfect portion control, but you can also make this in one large pie dish.


Sweet Potato Turkey Shepard’s Pie
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 6 Size: 1 pie • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6
Calories: 250 • Fat: 6 g • Carb: 34 g • Fiber: 6 g • Protein: 16.5 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 304 mg  (without salt)

Ingredients:

For the potatoes:

  • 1-1/2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1/4 cup fat free chicken broth*
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the filling:

  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 parsnip, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, diced
  • 10 oz frozen mixed vegetables 
  • 2 tbsp flour (leave out to make gluten-free)
  • 1 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth*
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika

Directions:

Boil
sweet potatoes and garlic in a pot of salted water until cooked and
soft. Drain and mash with chicken broth, sour cream, salt and pepper. 

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large saute
pan brown turkey; season with salt and pepper. When cooked, set aside on
a plate. Add olive oil to the pan, then add the onion and sauté one minute. Add the celery, parsnip, salt and pepper to taste; cook about 12
minutes, until celery is soft.

Add garlic and mushrooms; sauté
another 3-4 minutes. Add flour, salt and pepper and mix well. Add frozen
vegetables, chicken broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce,
rosemary, cooked turkey, and mix well. Simmer on low about 5-10 minutes. 

In 6 oven safe individual dishes spread 1 cup of the meat mixture on the bottom of each dish. Top each with 1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes. Use a fork to scrape
the top of the potatoes to make ridges; sprinkle with paprika. Bake 20 minutes or
until potatoes turn golden. Remove from oven and let it cool 10
minutes before serving.

*For Gluten-free diets, be sure you broth is labeled gluten free.

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