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Moist Dry Brined Turkey

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Step-by-step instructions on how to roast a perfectly moist and flavorful turkey.

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Ingredients
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Servings:
12
Serves 12
14 lb
Whole Turkey
2 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
Garlic Powder
4 sprigs
Fresh Rosemary , trimmed
1
create 4 long strips of orange peels without the white part
1 sprig
2 sprigs
4 cloves
1/2
Sunkist Orange , quartered
1/2
Apple , quartered, deseeded
1/2
or 1/2 Brown Onion
4 sprigs
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Nutrition Per Serving
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CALORIES
1204
FAT
74.5 g
PROTEIN
116.8 g
CARBS
9.1 g

Directions

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Step 1
Peel the Sunkist Orange (1) to create 4 long strips of orange peels. Remove the leaves from the Fresh Rosemary (4 sprig) and discard the stems.
Step 2
For the brine, place Salt (7 teaspoon), Garlic Powder (1 tablespoon), Fresh Rosemary (2 sprig), and orange peels in a coffee grinder. Pulverize.
Step 3
Remove the giblets and neck from the Whole Turkey (14 pound). Rinse the thawed turkey, and place on a tray. Pat it dry thoroughly, and rub with the salt mixture, concentrating on breast and thigh area, and including the cavity.
Step 4
Place the dry brined turkey in a clean garbage bag, and seal it well. Place it on a tray, and put it in the fridge overnight. On day two, take turkey out, and rub it without removing from the bag. Return to fridge.
Step 5
Repeat on day three, leaving it breast side down. Return to fridge until the night of day three. Remove turkey from bag, and discard any liquid that may have been rendered. Dry well with paper towels.
Step 6
Place in the cleaned tray, and put it back in the fridge overnight, uncovered. This will dry the skin so that the turkey crisps when you cook it.
Step 7
Remove from refrigerator, and pat dry. Place on a rack in a roasting pan, and let sit 1 hour, until it reaches room temperature. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Step 8
Deseed and quarter the Apple (1/2). Quarter the Sunkist Orange (1/2). Melt the Unsalted Butter (2 cup) and let cool.
Step 9
Place the Celery Leaves (2) tops, Fresh Sage (1 sprig), Fresh Rosemary (2 sprig), Fresh Thyme (2 sprig), Garlic (4 clove), orange, apple and White Onion (1/2) inside the cavity of the turkey, and tie the legs together.
Step 10
Brush turkey with the Unsalted Butter (1 cup), making sure to get under the wings, and between the thigh.
Step 11
Flip it over, and brush the back side. Put a few cups of water into bottom of the pan. Leave it on the breast, and roast 45 minutes.
Step 12
Remove pan from the oven, and flip over the turkey. I used several clean dish rags. Be very careful not to burn yourself. Baste the turkey with the liquid in the pan. Make sure to close the oven door after every time you remove the turkey.
Step 13
Reduce the oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C), and return the pan to the oven. Roast another 45 minutes. Remove turkey, and brush with more melted butter. Do not worry about the bottom side. Roast another 45 minutes.
Step 14
Remove pan from oven, and baste turkey with the pan juices one more time. Loosley cover the pan with aluminum foil, and return the turkey to the oven for an extra 30 minutes.
Step 15
Remove the pan from the oven one more time, and insert a meat thermometer in the thigh area, close to the bone. Check to see if the internal temperature is 170 degrees F (75 degrees C). Brush turkey with butter, and roast, uncovered for 30 more minutes.
Step 16
Remove from oven, and retest temperature. If you are at 170 degrees F (75 degrees C), cover with aluminum foil. Turn off heat in the oven, and place turkey back in oven, leaving the door open. Let rest 20 minutes.
Step 17
Carve, and enjoy!

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
1204
% Daily Value*
Fat
74.5 g
96%
Saturated Fat
35.9 g
180%
Trans Fat
0.3 g
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Cholesterol
501.4 mg
167%
Carbohydrates
9.1 g
3%
Fiber
2.6 g
9%
Sugars
4.7 g
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Protein
116.8 g
234%
Sodium
2047.9 mg
89%
Vitamin D
1.6 µg
8%
Calcium
118.7 mg
9%
Iron
6.1 mg
34%
Potassium
1616.0 mg
34%
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