I must say I was very pleased with my turkey this year! It came out of the oven nicely browned, very tender and moist – and most of it soon disappeared! Since there were only 5 of us I chose a small bird, about 15 pounds. In the preceding years I’ve tried several different roasting pans, but always come back to the simple pan that is included when you buy your stove! With the entire turkey being on top of the pan – rather than several inches deep in the pan – every part browns evenly.
My turkey thawed in the refrigerator for 5 days – and by Saturday it was easy to remove the neck and giblets and prepare for cooking! A small handful of sea salt was rubbed inside the turkey. To keep the turkey moist and flavorful I cut a lemon and a large orange into wedges and inserted in the turkey cavity, along with three large sprigs of fresh rosemary. A stick of butter was melted in the microwave, allowed to cool a bit, and liberally brushed all over the outside of the turkey. A sprinkle of black pepper and sea salt and the turkey was ready to go into a 325 degree oven. I cooked my turkey for about 4 1/2 hours – the last half hour or so with dressing and other vegetables also in the oven.
Every 45 minutes I basted the bird with more butter. When done, I let the turkey rest for about 20 minutes or so before carving. The drumsticks and wings were so tender I almost didn’t need a knife! The carving was soon finished and all dishes were ready for the feast! It was time to sit down with my family and be thankful for our many blessings! My wish for all of you is a Happy Thanksgiving with those you love! Enjoy!