Lifestyle & Food : Time for turkey

November 20, 2017

Jamaicans love (most) things American, including their taste in food. And with Thanksgiving Day set for this Thursday, here's a simple recipe for the staple of any Thanksgiving Day meal, turkey.




2 tablespoons dried parsley

2 tablespoons ground dried rosemary

2 tablespoons rubbed dried sage

2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves

1 tablespoon lemon pepper

1 tablespoon salt

1 15-pound whole turkey (neck and giblets removed)

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 orange, cut into wedges

1 onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 (14.5oz) can chicken broth

1 (750ml) bottle champagne




Preheat an oven to 350oF (175oC). Line a turkey roaster with sheets of aluminium foil that will be long enough to wrap over the turkey.

Stir together the parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture into the cavity of the turkey, then stuff with the celery, orange, onion, and carrot.

Truss if desired, and place the turkey into the roasting pan. Pour the chicken broth and champagne over the turkey, making sure to get some champagne in the cavity. Bring the aluminium foil over the top of the turkey, and seal. Try to keep the foil from touching the skin of the turkey breast or legs.

Bake the turkey in the preheated oven for 21/2 to three hours until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear. Uncover the turkey, and continue baking until the skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to one hour longer. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, should read 180oF (82oC).

Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Preparation time: Twenty minutes; cooking time, three hours.

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