Posts Tagged ‘lemons’
Turkey is celebration food. And this weekend I had much to celebrate, including a new kitchen! Beautiful granite countertops, stainless appliances, a gas range — and a dishwasher! — make this a wonderful place to cook a Thanksgiving meal. And my 12-pound, free-range turkey from Whole Foods did not disappoint: the meat was flavorful and moist, the skin golden crisp.
I stuffed my bird with two whole lemons, garlic cloves, rosemary sprigs, green onion, and parsley. For beneath the skin, I created a rub of sea salt, cracked pepper, sage, oregano, thyme and garlic. And in an unusual twist, I took a page out of my mother’s cookbook and covered the bird in cheesecloth soaked in a butter, white wine, orange juice glaze.
The cloth kept the skin infused with flavor as I continued to moisten/baste it every 30 minutes or so. Parts of it did turn dark brown, and I was concerned about it burning, but it didn’t matter. About 2 hours into the roasting, I removed the cloth and let the skin get crispy. The result was amazing.