Holidays, Your Way | Turkey

Turkey is your holiday dinner’s main event, the tur-key to your tablemates’ hearts, and hopefully something to be thankful for this year. Surrounded by sides like potatoes and gravy and brussels sprouts, your centerpiece is best served golden brown, glistening, and juicy. There are so many ways to prepare your bird, but you can never go wrong with the classic holiday roast. Here is our go-to recipe and a couple other riffs on the classic turkey sitch:

Herb Roasted Turkey

Prep

20 min

Oven

350ºF

Cook

3-4 hrs

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Serves 4+

INGREDIENTS

1 10 – 12 lbs whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
2 tbsp chopped rosemary
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 tbsp garlic, minced
Stuffing OR 2 sprigs rosemary and 1 onion, quartered
Sea salt
Pepper

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DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350F.

Stuff turkey or add one onion, quartered, and 2 sprigs of rosemary.

Line a roasting pan with a large sheet of aluminum foil big enough to wrap turkey.

In a small bowl, mix together chopped rosemary, butter, and garlic.

Using fingers, spread mixture over the entire surface of the turkey.

Sprinkle turkey generously with salt and black pepper.

Wrap turkey loosely with foil and place in the oven. Roast for 3 – 4 hours. Unwrap foil for the last 30 – 40 minutes of roasting time to crisp the skin.

Ensure turkey and stuffing, if used, reach 165F.

Remove turkey from the oven, discard onion and rosemary. Let rest at least 20 mins before removing stuffing, if used, and carve.

We love a traditional turkey, the taste of holidays at home. For a fun way to celebrate our warm Autumn weather here in SoCal, our next recipe puts the party in the poultry—with craft beer as your turkey’s plus one.

Grilled Beer Can Turkey

Prep

20 min

Oven

350ºF

Cook

2-3 hrs

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Serves 4+

INGREDIENTS

1 10-15 lb whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
1 24-ounce can of craft beer
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup canola oil

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DIRECTIONS

Preheat 1 side of your grill to medium, about 350°F.

Pour out 1/3 of the beer (or drink it) and place on a beer-can turkey stand.

In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper.

Cover the outside of the turkey with canola oil, and brush with spice mixture. Rub the spice mixture inside the cavity before placing it drumstick-end down on the stand.

Place the turkey on the stand on the cooler side of the grill. Close the grill to cover and cook for 2-3 hours, or the thermometer reads 185°F

Remove the turkey from the grill and from the stand, and discard the beer. Let rest at least 20 minutes before carving.

Have another brewsky with your bird, and enjoy!

Gobble, Gobble, glaze your way to a fun, citrusy twist to your turkey roast with our next recipe. You are a painter, the turkey your canvas. The end result is a truly glowy, juicy turkey for the whole fam.

Orange Honey Glazed Turkey

Prep

20-30 min

Oven

325ºF

Cook

5 hrs

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Serves 4+

INGREDIENTS

1 10-15 lb whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
2 tsp rubbed sage
2 tsp salt
1 pinch dried thyme
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
1 small orange, peeled and halved or quartered
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup orange marmalade
1 1/2 tsp honey

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DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 325° F.

In a small bowl, mix together sage, salt and thyme. Rub half of the mixture all over the turkey, set the remainder aside. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan.

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the butter, orange juice, orange marmalade, and honey and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for about 15-20 minutes, until thickened. Stir in the remaining sage mixture.

Place the orange halves in the turkey cavity. Brush the glaze over the turkey and bake, uncovered for about 5 hours or the thermometer reads 165°F. Brush with the glaze occasionally. When the turkey starts to brown, cover it loosely with foil.

Remove turkey from the oven, uncover, and let rest at least 20 minutes before carving.