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EASY THANKSGIVING TURKEY RECIPE

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There’s something magical about the holidays. Seeing friends and family. Sharing some much needed quality time. And the food. Oh, the food! There is always a table lined with food beckoning everyone to eat, drink, and be merry! The quintessential Thanksgiving main course is a turkey here in the states and today I’m showing you how to make a flavorful and moist turkey that’ll have everyone raving! I remember the first Thanksgiving dinner I hosted…AKA my first time making a whole turkey. It was just a few short years ago and I was SO nervous! What if the bird came out dry? What if it wasn’t cooked all the way through? Ahhhhh! I had a friend give me some words of encouragement and remind me that a turkey is basically a really big chicken, and I had roasted LOTS of chickens before. So I did some research and after finding tons of different ways to make the “perfect” turkey, I decided to combine a few methods. The turkey was edible and I felt accomplished. Since then I’ve made whole turkeys almost every year at Thanksgiving. I’ve basted. I’ve brined. I’ve rubbed. If you’re thinking about brining your turkey, and don’t mind getting up at 2am to start it, go for it! The turkey that year was crazy good. However, lots of butter paired with a great dry rub and aromatics has become my favorite flavoring system. The real secret to this bird is the foil. Placing aluminum foil over the turkey breast helps dissipate some of the heat. Since dark meat takes longer to cook than the light meat, this method lets the thighs and legs get their roast on while the breast gently cooks. Once the foil comes off, everything cooks at the same pace and that gorgeous golden skin forms. This turkey is juicy and super flavorful!

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