Monday, November 22, 2010

Rosemary-Citrus Turkey



Well I'm cheating with this post a little because the pictured Turkey was last year's main course! But it was so yummy...I wanted to post the recipe in time for others to try it! So if you are still looking for a delicious way to cook your turkey...you may just want to give this a try. Oh, and please forgive the picture. It was taken before I became the highly successful food photographer you know today! ;-)

Rosemary-Citrus Turkey (adapted from a Taste of Home recipe that I found in their Thanksgiving edition last year)

15-20 lb. Turkey (yeah, we have a few people coming over so we needed a big one!)
2 oranges
2 lemons
3 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup olive oil

Grate the lemon and orange peels into a small bowl. Combine with rosemary, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper. Place turkey in pan breast side up and pat dry. Brush with oil and rub with citrus mixture.

Now, the book says to cook it for about 3 1/4 hours at 325 degrees or until a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees. I like to use a turkey bag which changes the cook times so if you are using a bag make sure to check the directions they have on the box.

Also, since you only use the fruit peels in this recipe you can slice up the fruit and use them as a garnish when you serve the turkey or I think I let my kids eats the oranges and put the lemon down my garbage disposal to make it smell nice after all the other junk I throw down there! In fact sometimes I buy lemons with the purpose of doing that...it really works for a stinky sink...give it a try!

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