I have no idea how to cook a turkey. Somehow, I was in charge of the task of cooking it this Christmas. My mother was too lazy, but we had a 15lb bird sitting in the basement freezer. It had to be roasted by someone.
Naturally, I turned to Google. What else do people do nowadays? when they approach an unknown task. We Google what we cannot Wiki.
Naturally, I’m pretty lazy, so I wanted something that tasted good and required minimum effort. I stumbled across this recipe on Simply Recipes that looked perfect. My family isn’t a fan of stuffing, and this recipe didn’t require you stuff the bird while cooking. It had an optional stuffing recipe that was separate.
I followed it pretty much all the way through. First I made dad remove the insides because I did not feel like touching guts. Then I lathered the insides with lemon juice and salted it. Since this turkey isn’t stuffed the traditional way the recipe called for onions, carrots, parsley and celery for flavour. The outside of the turkey was just simply rubbed with salt and pepper. Sprigs of thyme and rosemary sat inside the pan with the turkey.
The really interesting thing about the recipe was that it instructed me to cook the turkey upside down (breast side down). My initial reaction of course was WTF, but it was definitely following. It allowed the breasts to soak up the juices of the pan and remain moist through cooking, even if you left it in too long.
4 hours later.. it was done cooking! I have to admit it wasn’t the most visually pleasing turkey in the world (maybe because it is upside down), but the taste was so tender and moist you didn’t even need gravy.
The skin of the turkey was probably my favourite. It had a nice crunch to it and was full of flavour. I received tons of compliments on the turkey from my uncles, aunts and cousins and mom now wants me to make the turkey all the time. I think I have started a tradition.
Now I know I can tackle all tasks and if I have no clue how, I’ll just Google it