One of my favorite things about blogging is interacting with so many sweet mamas round the world. Last year I had a few ladies write and let me know they were making my recipe for potatoes, or muffins, or whatever and it just made me smile big to think of all of us sharing a bit of family even long distance! So here’s our family’s favorite turkey recipe. This year our Thanksgiving table will be blessed with 12 visitors, most friends of our second son, fellow students at Youth With a Mission Denver. So I will be making TWO turkeys! Hope yours turns out just fabulous–let me know here or on Facebook!
- 1 16 pound whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
- 3/4 cup butter, cubed
- 2 apples, cored and halved
- one or two whole sprigs of rosemary and thyme
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne
- 1 turkey bag
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Rinse turkey, and pat dry. Gently loosen turkey breast skin, and insert pieces of butter between the skin and breast. Place apples and herbs inside the turkey’s cavity. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place turkey in a roasting bag, and pour champagne over the inside and outside of the bird. Close bag, and place turkey in a roasting pan.
- Bake turkey 31/2 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F (85 degrees C) when measured in the meatiest part of the thigh. Remove turkey from bag, and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving.
Recipe originally adapted (barely!) from this one: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-worlds-best-turkey/
I’ve used this recipe with larger turkeys–up to 24 lbs since we generally have guests, and it’s always wonderful–just add a touch more of everything! Your measurements needn’t be exact. This is quite easily the simplest turkey recipe I’ve ever used. The gravy is absolutely divine. I didn’t get a great picture, but here’s Nicholas eating his Thanksgiving meal a long, long time ago … sniff … note how happy he looks about the wonderful turkey … he’s soooo much bigger now!