Rosemary Lemon Roasted Turkey made with infused rosemary-lemon olive oil, garlic and stuffing.
By the show of hands, how many of you argue with Mom about how to roast a turkey?!
OH good! I’m not alone.
She just won’t let it go.
First, I get a call from my dad and he tells me that the Orthodox Nativity Fast starts on Thanksgiving Day therefore Thanksgiving Dinner is a no-go. Okay, I said, come by my house a few days before and we can gobble up that turkey a day or two prior. Cool.
Plans were made, I had a turkey, and all mom had to do was watch the kids for 2-3 hours…
Did she?!? (?!?!?!?!) NO!
The lady sat right above me almost the entire time watching every move I made with this bird. I’m quoting her; “Ummmm… you’re not going to tent that foil? Ummmm… you’re not going to start the oven at 500? Ummmm… you should butter her up a bit more.”.
OH-EM-TO-THE-GEE. God Bless her, I love her to death, of course, but geeeeeez, she’s opinionated.
Somehow, I still managed to make this beautiful turkey my way.
To be honest, I have yet to cook a 20-pounder, which is what my Mom always does and that is why her method is a bit different. I don’t go beyond 10-pounds. I feel anything bigger than that is going to go to waste… well, unless you’re feeding over 20 guests, then I guess it’s a good idea to have a large bird. And, yes, I do love the Leftover-Turkey Frittata and the leftover turkey and cranberry quesadillas, but truth be told, after 3 days of turkey, everyone is pretty much done with it and anything left in those plastic containers goes straight to the garbage. I don’t like to throw away food – I’m cheap.
So, if your bird is a baby like mine, this is definitely the recipe for you. If you like stuffing inside the turkey, this recipe is for you. If you like your turkey juicy, herby, and citrusy, again, this is the recipe for YOU.
One last thought – don’t be scurred, it’s just a bird.
P.S. Come back tomorrow for my awesome Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing. It’s beyond!
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