Hello, Frankly My Dear readers! It’s Anna from Park Avenue, and I am so excited to be guest posting on Jenni’s blog today. I have been working with her this month through a sponsorship, and I couldn’t love her blog more- not to mention the awesome giveaways she is always hosting!
With the Thanksgiving holiday being just a few days away, I wanted to share with you a simple, but delicious turkey recipe. My husband and I hosted our first Thanksgiving this year for his family. They all came in from Atlanta this past weekend to celebrate the holiday a little early with us since we will be traveling to my hometown for Thanksgiving Day.
My party-planning, host-loving self was ecstatic about our first official hosting of the most important meal of the year, but my worrisome self was a little scared about attempting to cook the star of the meal- the beloved turkey. Eeekk.
I love to cook. But never have I ever cooked a full turkey. So who did I call? My Granny, of course. How do grandma’s know everything when it comes to being in the kitchen? With the help of her turkey tips, and a few hours spent pinning turkey recipes, I finally had in mind what I wanted to do. I took things from her recipe that I liked, and a few from others, and made my own little creation!
Here’s what you’ll need:
12 pound turkey
2 celery stalks
1 yellow onion
1 stick of butter
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees
-Pat turkey dry with paper towels
-Season cavity with salt and lemon pepper
-Over medium heat, melt butter in small skillet
-When butter is just about golden, add 1 stalk of rosemary and 4 or 5 sage leaves
-Cook for 60 seconds in butter
-Pull herbs out of butter and place in turkey cavity
-Chop celery stalks, onion, and lemon in half and put in turkey cavity
-Using a pastry brush (or hands), paint the herb butter from skillet all over the turkey (be overly generous with the butter- this creates that nice golden brown skin)
-Season the whole turkey with salt and lemon pepper
-Place turkey in a roasting pan with a rack
-Lightly place foil over turkey
-Put in the oven and cook for 3 to 3 and 1/2 hours (take foil off for the last hour)
-Let rest for 30 minutes before carving to serve
-Wash turkey and clean out (take the bag and neck out)
-Tuck turkey wings under
-If smaller or bigger than a 12 pound turkey, look at the turkey packaging for cook time
And there it is- a delicious turkey recipe that isn’t too much fuss. Everyone loved it, and I have to admit I was very proud of how my first turkey turned out! You can go so many ways when cooking a turkey, and this is one that is sure to please your guests.
I think it’s so fun to take bits and pieces from different recipes and make it your own according to the ingredients you like. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, and if you’re hosting this year for the first time like me…don’t worry- you’re going to do GREAT!
Thanks for reading and a big thank you to Jenni for letting me share on her blog today. Check out my blog for more details on my Thanksgiving menu and tables cape.