If you ask me, it only takes 3 ingredients (well 4 if you count the water) to prepare a perfect roasted turkey. In other words the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, the most important part of the Thanksgiving feast. We only have roasted turkey in my home about 5 times a year so I’m definitely not perfect at preparing one. That is why this time around I turned to Cook’s Illustrated to follow their advice for brining and roasting turkey. I’m so glad I did as I achieved incredible results. I always thought it took plenty of fancy fresh herbs and a jumble of other ingredients to get a delicious turkey. That was definitely a misconception. If you ask me, some of those things can seemingly hide the delicious flavors of the turkey. All you need is a turkey, salt, water, a bit of butter along with a few easy steps and you’ll have a turkey that is moist, flavorful and tender with a perfectly golden, crispy skin. It’s likely that no one will even be reaching for the salt with this turkey. The brine get’s the job done. I think this will now be my go to Thanksgiving turkey recipe. Easy and delicious! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
- 1 (12 - 14 lb) untreated turkey, rinsed thoroughly
- 1/2 - 1 cup Table salt, depending on brine time
- 4 Tbsp butter, melted