Perhaps no day is more synonymous with a certain dish than Thanksgiving or Christmas is with turkey. As tasty as turkey can be, this flavorful fowl doesn’t find its way onto many families’ dinner tables unless it’s Christmas or Thanksgiving day.
Secret family turkey recipes may reign supreme in some households. Simple recipes can be passed down through generations, with little additions being made every now and then.
Smallville’s Martha Kent has provided a simple to follow recipe that should prove beneficial to those in need of a last minute family turkey.
Ma Kent’s Holiday Turkey
- Flameproof roasting pan
- Oven or Slow Roaster
- Carving board
- Carving Knife
- Aluminum foil
- 1 fresh turkey, about 15 pounds, preferably free- range
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 quart apple cider
- 2 teaspns dried poultry seasoning
- coarse sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- Remove the giblets from the turkey and discard (or save for another use). Rinse the turkey inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Rub it all over with salt and pepper. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours. During that time, the surface of the turkey will become visibly dry and the skin will tighten; this encourages a nice crisp skin on the finished bird.
- Remove the turkey from the refrigerator 1 hour before you plan to start roasting. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
- Put the turkey on a rack set in a large, flameproof roasting pan. Drizzle the oil over the top.
- Roast for 1 hour. Reduce the oven temperature to 175 F. Pour the cider into the roasting pan and sprinkle the poultry seasoning in the liquid. Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh (but not touching bone) registers to 170 degrees F.
- Transfer the turkey to a carving board, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest for about 15 minutes (see tip). Meanwhile, skim the fat from the surface of the liquid in the pan. Put the roasting pan over two burners and bring the pan drippings to a boil over high heat. Cook until the juices reduce and thicken slightly, enough to coat a spoon, about 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning. Carve the turkey and serve with cider pan juices.
This article was originally part of the Daily Planet Fall Magazine.