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Weekly Recipes - Classic Christmas Turkey

INGREDIENTS

Turkey 1 whole
Kosher salt 2 cups
Butter ½ cup
Onion 2 whole
Carrot 4 whole
Celery 4 stalks
Basil 2 springs
Bay leaf 1 whole
Rice vinegar 1 cup

 

METHOD

1Rub the turkey inside and out with kosher salt and place it into a pot with cold water. Cover the pot and refrigerate it overnight allowing it to soak in the salt water mixture.
2/ Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Rinse the turkey thoroughly and discard the brine mixture.
3/ Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Remove it from the heat when it’s three-quarters melted, then stir until completely melted.
4/ Chop the carrots, celery and onions into small pieces.
5/ Brush the turkey with 1/4 cup melted butter. Place the turkey on a roasting rack in a shallow roasting pan. Stuff the turkey with 1 onion, 1/2 the celery, 1/2 the carrots, 1 sprig of basil, and the bay leaf. Scatter the remaining vegetables and basil around the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover with the rice vinegar.
6/ Roast uncovered for 4 hours in the preheated oven. Carefully turn the turkey breast side up about 2/3 through the roasting time, and brush with the remaining 1/4 cup butter. Allow the turkey to rest for 30 minutes before carving to prevent the turkey from drying out and losing its flavor.

BENEFITS
What is Christmas without some succulent oven roast turkey? Here is an easy roast turkey recipe that is sure to enrich your Christmas. Turkey is also good for your health as it is high in zinc, vitamin B, phosphorus, tryptophan, selenium and protein.