Brined turkey Recipe

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  1. Prepare the turkey brine and brine the turkey according to the package instructions (turkey needs to be unfrozen and in brine 1 day before Thanksgiving for best results)
  2. Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse well under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Trim off and discard the excess fat. Let the turkey stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  3. Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 400ºF.
  4. In a bowl, using a wooden spoon, beat together the butter, herbs and pepper until well blended. Spread the butter mixture evenly on the outside of the turkey. and under skin on breast and thighs/legs. Truss the turkey as desired using kitchen twine.
  5. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes. Loosely tent the turkey with foil, then reduce the oven temperature to 325ºF and continue roasting, basting every 30 minutes with the pan juices. After about 2 1/2 hours of total roasting time, begin testing for doneness by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the breast and thigh, away from the bone. The breast should register 165°F and the thigh, 175°F. Total roasting time should be 3 to 3 3/4 hours.
  6. Transfer the turkey to a carving board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes before carving.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 878.72 Kcal (3679 kJ)
Calories from fat 395.2 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43.91g 68%
Cholesterol 714.95mg 238%
Sodium 1411.93mg 59%
Potassium 947.64mg 20%
Total Carbs 14.26g 5%
Sugars 13.01g 52%
Dietary Fiber 0.02g 0%
Protein 102.78g 206%
Vitamin C 1.2mg 2%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 3%
Iron 6mg 34%
Calcium 159.5mg 16%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 120.07 Kcal (503 kJ)
Calories from fat 54 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 68%
Cholesterol 97.69mg 238%
Sodium 192.92mg 59%
Potassium 129.48mg 20%
Total Carbs 1.95g 5%
Sugars 1.78g 52%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 14.04g 206%
Vitamin C 0.2mg 2%
Iron 0.8mg 34%
Calcium 21.8mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 21.2
  • 22

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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