Given the name of my blog is Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps it is only fitting to talk about Turkey, especially this time of the year.
I have to confess. I am in a little bit of a panic this year about Thanksgiving. Usually I have my game plan together and have thought about my Thanksgiving Day menu way in advance. However, this year, I find myself running a little behind and I haven’t really thought about my menu all that much. One thing is certain, the highlight of my meal will be the turkey.
For the past several years I have been making bacon-wrapped turkey. Bacon-wrapped anything is great in my opinion and this recipe adds an amazing amount of flavor, color and moisture to the normal, everyday Thanksgiving turkey. I have to admit, it is darn good and turns things up a notch.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Remove the turkey from the bag and remove the neck, heart and giblets from the cavity. Set the neck, heart and giblets in bottom of roasting pan to add flavors to the turkey drippings. Rinse turkey thoroughly under cool water. Place on cooking rack and set cooking rack in roasting pan.
Begin by generously rubbing entire turkey with salt, being sure to get the salt under wings, drumsticks and within the cavity. Then, drizzle a small amount of olive oil on the turkey and massage into skin. Next, do a rub of equal parts pepper, garlic powder and chili powder depending on the size of the bird. The spices should dust the turkey. Then, take 1 pound of pork bacon. Place the strips on top of the turkey, tacking into place with toothpicks. Lightly salt the turkey, now covered with bacon strips, one more time. Place a whole white onion, garlic cloves and 2 slices of bacon in the cavity of the turkey. Cover with aluminum foil and place in oven.
Let cook for one hour untouched. After the hour of roasting start basting the turkey with the drippings every 15-20 minutes. If needed, use pre-made chicken stock to baste the turkey. Cook until turkey skin is golden and crisp. Check cooking instructions for your turkey, based on its size and your oven strength, and cook until the turkey reaches and internal temperature of 170 for dark meat and 160 degrees for white meat. Remove bacon for the last 30 minutes of cooking. Reserve bacon strips and use for side dish, such as Brussels sprouts with bacon.
Once done, remove bacon-wrapped turkey from oven and let rest for 15 minutes. Then, carve, serve and enjoy.
Cooking a turkey doesn’t have to be hard or intimidating. By using simple techniques and flavorful ingredients your turkey can be the stand-out dish this Thanksgiving.
Stay tuned for more Thanksgiving recipes. Gobble, Gobble!