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HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COOK THE WAYS

Let's talk turkey: Roasting the Thanksgiving bird is not that difficult

roasting turkey

The worst way to damage a turkey is to lose track of time. A frozen bird needs plenty of time to thaw, time to brine and time to roast.

A whole roast turkey is one of the most fun things to cook in the kitchen, I think.

It can feel intimidating, because a gorgeous, tasty turkey is the traditional centerpiece of an annual and much-loved holiday tablescape.

roasting turkey

For the dry brine, mix about a quarter of a cup of chunky sea salt with about a quarter of a cup of baking soda in a small bowl. Mix in the thyme, onion powder and pepper, then rub it generously all over the turkey. 

roasting turkey

Pull the skin away from the breast and rub the mixture between the skin and the meat.

roasting turkey

In a mixing bowl, combine the lemon, garlic, butter, one of the chopped onions and all of the thyme. Drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss them around a bit to ensure all the ingredients are well oiled. Fill the cavity of the turkey with the mixture.

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