It is impossible to celebrate the winter festivities without having turkey. However, preparing a turkey dish requires a lot of effort and time. It takes only one minor step to ruin a great dinner. Therefore, it requires a lot of care when you are making it.
The best way to make the best turkey dish is to practice it. In order to choose which recipe to go for check start practicing weeks before the occasion in order to avoid spoiling the dinner.
For starters, choosing the right turkey is important as well. They are available in either frozen or fresh forms. However, you might need to take care of the fact that some supermarkets sell partially frozen turkey and tag them as fresh. The best option for you is fresh meat which is free from any kind of injections.
For beginners, you might find the following points useful before start cooking:
- It takes longer to thaw the whole turkey, therefore, it is important to plan ahead and start cooking early.
- Skip basting if you are brining the meat.
- Top your turkey with a heavy lid in order to keep it submerged in the mixture.
- Cooking the turkey with all the stuffing makes it longer to cook.
The following are the best recipes that you can try and enjoy the holidays:
Citrus and Herb Roasted Turkey:
- 12 lb. Turkey
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 5 tbsp. olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tsp dried rosemary leaves
- 2 Tbsp. orange and lemon peel
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 Tbsp. paprika
- ½ cumin
- ½ oregano
- ½ thyme
- ½ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup orange juice
In order to make to make this delicious dish, pre-heat your oven to 450ᵒF. In a blender, add thyme, cumin, orange juice, orange peels, lemon juice, lemon peels, sea salt, oil, pepper, garlic, paprika, and blend them till you receive a smooth paste.
Place the turkey in the oven and rub the dressing that you prepared previously. Bake the turkey for 40 to 45 minutes. The time may vary from one oven to the other. Keep checking the turkey after 40 minutes. You are looking for a golden-brown color on the skin. Once you observe that beautiful golden-brown color wrap the foil on the turkey and keep it back in the oven.
After this, brush the extra dressing after every one hour interval so that you can get the same taste throughout. You will have to repeat this procedure for 2-2.5 hour.
After that keep the turkey on the tray and sit for another 10 minutes foiled before serving.
- Total calories: 245
- Cholesterol: 120mg
- Fat: 8 g
- Sugar: 1 g
- Protein: 37 g
Turkey, Kale, and Brown rice soup
This is an extremely easy recipe idea for post celebration dinner. The ingredients you will need for this recipe are as follows:
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 5-6 chopped shallots
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 large bell pepper
- 8 ounces of turkey meat
- 1 tbsp. of herbs
- 4 cups of chicken broth
- 15 ounces of tomatoes (diced)
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 tsp of kosher salt
- ¼ cup parsley (chopped)
- ¼ cup parmesan (chopped)
Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the shallots, carrots, pepper, and stir-fry it. Cook for about 8 to ten minutes so that they become golden brown. At this point, add the turkey and cook them together with the vegetables. Add the herbs, broth, tomatoes, and the rice. Cook it to medium rare and cover with the lid and let it simmer for a while for 15 minutes or so. Ladle out the soup into the serving bowl.
- Total calories: 230
- Cholesterol: 100mg
- Fat: 6 g
- Sugar: 0.8 g
- Protein: 45 g