You will be simply amazed, and your friends and family will be delighted by this absolutely delicious turkey recipe. You may never cook turkey another way again – it’s that good! The result is juicy and succulent turkey with a taste that lives on in your mind.
The juices from this turkey recipe make a remarkable gravy. The carrots, celery, onions, and oranges are delicious when combined together with the rest of the juices. After the turkey has cooked, you can eat or discard the veggies. If you need more juices, be sure to have some chicken broth on hand.
An easy way to cook a turkey breast is to use a 9×13 baking dish lined with aluminum foil. This makes the clean-up so easy. Of course when cooking a whole turkey, you will want to use a bigger pan with a rack. If you don’t own a rack, line up ribs of celery and place the turkey on top of them – this will keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Best Turkey Recipe Ever
Ingredients for Best Turkey Recipe:
- 1 turkey breast or 1 whole turkey, completely thawed, washed and dried
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 bottle (12-ounce) beer, room temperature
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- Garlic powder
- 2 large onions, cut in very thick slices
- 2 cups carrots
- 6 ribs of celery
- 3 – 4 oranges, unpeeled and cut in half
Directions for making Best Turkey Recipe:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Wash and thoroughly dry the turkey or turkey breast.
Using the slices of onion, make a “bed” for the turkey to sit on. Place the carrots and celery around the onion slices. These veggies should cover the bottom of the baking dish or pan so that the turkey rests on the vegetables and not on the pan itself. Place the turkey breast or whole turkey on the bed of vegetables. Stuff the cavity of the turkey with the oranges.
Combine the melted butter with the beer and pour over the turkey. Liberally rub mayonnaise all over the turkey including under the skin as much as possible (don’t skimp). Sprinkle lightly with crushed rosemary and garlic powder.
Place the turkey in the oven and immediately lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Do not baste the turkey.
Cooking time for a turkey varies. Plan on about 15 minutes a pound for an unstuffed turkey. The internal temperature on a meat thermometer should be 170 degrees for the breast and 180 degrees for the thigh. (Some whole turkeys have a pop-up timer, making the process easier. You can also purchase pop-up timers separately to insert yourself. Read the directions carefully regarding where to place them in the turkey.)
If the turkey is getting too brown on top and it’s not yet done, make a tent of aluminum foil to place lightly over the top of it. Just sit it lightly on top, do not cover it completely with the foil. (Otherwise you end up steaming the turkey and not roasting it, which increases the cooking time.)
Once the turkey is done, remove it from the oven and let it sit for about 20 – 25 minutes to allow the juices to settle within the meat – do not slice it until after it has rested. This will give you time to finish making the rest of the meal.
(Loosely based on food.com)