Christmas Turkey Recipe
What is your favorite Christmas turkey recipe? Is it one of those traditional family recipes or is it something completely different which you are planning to make this season for all your loved ones? Well, whatever may be your recipe; it is a well known fact that the turkey has become one of the major foods consumed in Christmas, all across the globe. Filled in with various stuffing which is dependent on the personal culinary preferences and socially followed food traditions, Christmas turkey has become an integral part of celebratory meals during this occasion.
Easy Turkey Recipe
- 1 whole turkey
- 125g butter
- 1 lemon
- 1 pack fresh rosemary
- 6 tbsp vegetable oil
- Salt and freshly crushed pepper
- First of all keep the oven preheated to 220F.
- Clean the turkey by removing all the internal organs, rub it properly all over with oil and seasoning.
- After that put the lemon, herbs and butter in the opening of the turkey’s body and roast it in the oven for around 15 minutes.
- Now increase the temperature of the oven to 350F and roast it for around 3 hours, turning it from time to time.
- Insert a skewer at the leg joint of the bird; if blood oozes out, it is not done; keep it on for another half an hour.
- However, if the skewer comes out clean with juice running down, it is completely done.
- Remove the bird from the pan, wrap it with foil and let it cool for about 20 minutes before serving it with gravy of your choice.
Turkey Breast in Brine Recipe
For the brine
- 16 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups coarse salt
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon pickling spices
- For the turkey
- 2 cups chicken broth
- Black pepper
- 1 fresh breast, 9-11 pounds, deboned
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- In a bowl mix all the brine ingredients. Bring it to boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for sometime till the sugar and salt dissolve completely and then let it cool.
- Now to cook the turkey breast, rinse it well and put it inside a deep bowl.
- Now pour the brine over the breast and refrigerate it overnight.
- Next morning, preheat the oven at 350F and line a roasting bowl with aluminum foil.
- After that put the turkey breast inside the bowl and rub it all over with the melted butter and then season it with pepper as required.
- Now roast the meat for about 2 hours till the turkey turns golden brown.
- Insert a skewer and if the juices run clearly, it is done.
- Once this is done, take out the turkey and let it cool for about 20 minutes before slicing it, serve the excess juice in the baking pan with the turkey.
Why do we eat turkey at Christmas?
Earlier it was traditional to eat goose meat during the holidays. With the introduction of the turkey bird to England in the 16th century, it began to replace the goose in the dinner table during Christmas time. Due to the unique flavor and luscious taste, turkey soon became a favorite with everybody. Gradually this became a tradition and today it is pretty difficult to find people opting to eat any other bird than the turkey. Moreover, a turkey is affordable and is big enough to feed families and relatives who gather at this time.
Now, if this is the first time you are planning to cook Christmas turkey, do not worry, simply follow the recipe carefully and it should turn out just right for you. A couple of pretty simple recipes of cooking the turkey in two different ways are given here to help you in getting started with cooking the turkey.
Christmas Turkey Trivia
- It is supposed that Henry VIII was the first person to eat turkey on Christmas Day.
- The turkey was considered as a sacrificial bird in Mexico.
- Over 40 million turkeys are cooked and eaten during the holiday season including Thanksgiving in America.
- About 10 million turkeys were sold in the UK during Christmas and two out of three were sold frozen.
- The turkey industry grosses more than $1billion annually
- In the year 1947, the ceremonial first Presidential pardon was granted to a turkey.