Monday, January 24, 2011

Holiday Turkey

This year was my first and second time ever cooking a turkey.  I talked to a few of my sisters and they've never cooked a turkey either.  I think it's mainly because the holidays where you have turkey is usually spent at someone else's house.  Well, this year we were at my house for christmas and new years because the twins were finally home from the NICU and we didn't want to chance going anywhere.  So I had a few turkeys to cook and had no idea what to do with them so I did what I always do when I'm clueless,  called my mom.   She gave me a few pointers and those combined with ideas from my husband, we came up with the perfect holiday turkey.


1 turkey
lemon pepper
2 apples cut into slices
1 onion cut into chunks

you will also need:
heavy duty tin foil
a cooking pan- I just used a 9x13 cake pan
cooking spray

Defrost turkey in a cold water bath in the sink over night.  Preheat oven to 350*.  Take out neck, heart, gizard, and liver (they usually come in little sacks).  Rinse Turkey and pat outside dry with paper towels.  Place turkey, breast side up on two pieces of tinfoil that have been folded together so it is big enough to wrap around the whole turkey and have been sprayed with cooking spray.  Season, inside and out, liberally with salt, sage, and lemon pepper.  Stuff turkey with apples and onion (or pretty much any fruit and veggie you want... Kole's family stuffs them with anything you can think of, oranges, peppers, celery, etc...)  Lock legs back together - there should be a plastic thing holding them together.   Wrap turkey with the tinfoil and place in pan.  Put in the preheated oven for:    20 minutes per pound.... then the last hour unwrap the top of the turkey so it can brown.   There is no need for baisting because the tin foil keeps in all the moisture.  And there you have it; easy, juicy, moist, holiday turkey!
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