Dutch Oven Turkey with Wet Brine. Easy-Peasy recipe, however, you should always test it to make sure everything is up to your expectations.
We are literally less than a week away from Thanksgiving, and I am not freaking out at all. Ever since I started prepping in advance we are good to good.
I actually never made a big deal because all we need a bit of organization, preparation, and maybe your family to help in some areas for one successful Thanksgiving feast.
I said it before that my family has this tradition where everyone in the house makes something for “our table”.
Each year for the last 4 years, Aleks makes this amazing cranberry sauce. I tried and it was not, I repeat, it was not as good as his.
All I know that I cannot enter the kitchen until he is done. He calls it a secret recipe. Anna makes her chocolate cupcakes, and Daniel was their boss.
So, this year Anna and Daniel are teaming up, so we will see what they will do in the end.
As of right now, they are just testing recipes. I just love the Thanksgiving atmosphere around my house, probably a week before… We all get into this holiday mood.
SO, LET’S TALK TURKEY!!!
I believe each family goes by their own traditional recipe, probably making how their grand- grandmother made it. We tend to pick up on those family traditions and that’s alright, it makes us happy this time of the year, especially remembering special moments that we carry for generations.
I found my tradition, here when I came to the USA, in particular when my husband and I got kids. To be frank, I didn’t grow up with the Thanksgiving dinner tradition.
So you see I had to find my own tradition because even if I did not grow up with it, I wanted my kids to grow up and remember all the beautiful things, aromas, and memories during Thanksgiving.
I would love it if they continue carrying the family tradition that we build from the moment they were born. When I made Turkey for the first time, it was a literary one big disaster. It was delicious in the end… Well, kind of delicious because we were so hungry waiting for the bird to get cooked.
We got this huge 17-pound turkey, and I’ve half defrosted, but it was still pretty much frozen. The bird cooked and cooked and cooked.
I set on the floor near the stove, with my little 11-month old boy crawling around me waiting for that thermometer to finally pop up.
It cooked for 9 full hours, and that thing never went out. I pulled it out of the oven, and in some spots, it was burned. Well, mostly dry like a bone, and not seasoned very well at all, but we ate it. It was a moment of “bring out a tub of BBQ sauce and a pitcher of water”.
I tell ya, my hubby and I, had a bunch of moments, that you’d expect to watch on TV. You just laugh it off and move on. The reality is that I could make a roasted chicken with my eyes closed, but the turkey was really an unfamiliar place.
Anyhow, today I am sharing my recipe for really juicy turkey. After many years of testing different recipes, I finally figure out how to make it like really good. You do need a little time, about 12 to 14-pound turkey, water, vegetables, oil, and a very large POT.
I will tell you that wet brining, then seasoning a day later before baking it makes one amazingly delicious turkey. Another thing, using a dutch oven makes your life that much easier.
Why? It keeps the heat very well, turkey is cooking evenly, and the food tastes so much better. I will take you to step by step so you won’t make any mistakes.
Last, but not least, I want to say how thankful I am for such an amazing opportunity that came my way this year, and I am grateful for each and one of them.
One of those that I count a blessing, was working with Xtrema Ceramcor, ceramic cookware. Passionate people, fantastic products, a magical team…What a fantastic experience this was. I enjoyed every second.
Thanksgiving recipes you might like:
- Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Skillet Jalapeno Cornbread
- Southern Green Beans and New Potatoes with Bacon
- Green Bean Casserole
- Roasted Cauliflower and Cheese
- No-knead bread recipe
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