Turkey With Cranberry Brine Recipe

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  1. 24 hours in advance, wash the turkey and remove the neck and giblets from the cavity and neck; reserve for broth.
  2. Mix together in a large pot 1 of the onions, 2 stalks celery, 2 carrots, 6 garlic cloves, peppercorns, 3 sprigs each of the rosemary, thyme and sage, 6 sprigs of the parsley, kosher salt and the cranberry juice; heat and stir until the salt dissolves and mixture begins to simmer; remove and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Place turkey in a very large pot or turkey bucket and pour brine over to submerge, adding cold water if needed; refrigerate 24 hours.
  4. Remove turkey from brine and rinse well; dry with paper towels. (It will be a lovely shade of pink but don't worry, it roasts a beautiful mahogany color).
  5. Season turkey cavity with salt and pepper.
  6. Place 2 stalks chopped celery, 2 chopped carrots, apple, orange, cranberries, and 4 garlic cloves inside cavity.
  7. Make a nest of 1 med chopped onion, 1 chopped celery stalk, 1 chopped carrot, 4 crushed garlic cloves, 3 sprigs each rosemary, thyme and sage, 6 sprigs parsley and 3 bay leaves in a large roasting pan.
  8. Place turkey on top of the vegetables and herbs.
  9. Put butter pats on the turkey or between the skin and breast meat.
  10. Roast in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 45 minutes.
  11. While turkey roasts the first 45 minutes, prepare a broth by placing the giblets in 5 cups of water; simmer to create turkey stock adding more water as needed; remove giblets. (You can chop the giblets and remove the meat from the neck and add it to your stuffing or discard it if you don't wish to use it. You can skip the turkey stock step and use canned chicken stock if desired. You will need 5 cups).
  12. After the first 45 minutes of roast time, pour half of the stock over the turkey; roast another 45 minutes and pour the remaining stock over the turkey.
  13. Continue to roast your turkey; basting with the juices from the bottom of the pan until the turkey has reached an internal temperature of 165 to 175°F (74 to 80°C).
  14. Remove from the oven and tent with foil; allow to rest for 10 or 15 minutes before carving.
  15. Strain and use the liquid in the bottom of your roasting pan to make gravy and to moisten your stuffing if desired.
  16. Simple gravy:.
  17. Discard herbs from the bottom of the roasting pan and measure out 1 cup of the vegetables and 3 cups of the juices; puree in a blender. To thicken, add more vegetables, to thin, add more pan juice. Pour through a mesh strainer to make a smooth gravy.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 360.57 Kcal (1510 kJ)
Calories from fat 137.86 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.32g 24%
Cholesterol 156.42mg 52%
Sodium 978.81mg 41%
Potassium 594.84mg 13%
Total Carbs 10.86g 4%
Sugars 8.87g 35%
Dietary Fiber 1.04g 4%
Protein 46.01g 92%
Vitamin C 10.2mg 17%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 2.1mg 12%
Calcium 41.5mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 116.34 Kcal (487 kJ)
Calories from fat 44.48 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.94g 24%
Cholesterol 50.47mg 52%
Sodium 315.82mg 41%
Potassium 191.93mg 13%
Total Carbs 3.51g 4%
Sugars 2.86g 35%
Dietary Fiber 0.34g 4%
Protein 14.85g 92%
Vitamin C 3.3mg 17%
Iron 0.7mg 12%
Calcium 13.4mg 4%

* 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

  • 8.3
  • 9

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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