Thanksgiving Recipe Week: Brined and Slow Baked Turkey

It can be difficult to get a large, whole bird in Australia before December. In the past, I have been able to order a 10-12 kilo bird from IGA or Coles. We have a smaller oven this year, so I did with a 7 kilo bird (about 15 pounds). It was delicious! This year, I pre-ordered some large turkey roasting bags (I usually can get them on ebay or I pick them up for pennies when I visit North America). I used one bag to brine and another to bake. Here is what I did:

 

Brine recipe:

1 part brown sugar to 4 parts salt (I used ½ cup brown sugar and 2 cups kosher salt)

4 cups salt-free vegetable broth (stock)

½ cup chopped fresh sage

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

1 heaping teaspoon of dried thyme (couldn’t find fresh, and this worked out well)

2 tsp whole peppercorns

 

On a stovetop, combined the vegetable broth, sugar and salt in a saucepan and warm to help the sugar and salt melt. Cool completely. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Recipe Week: Brined and Slow Baked Turkey”