Doña Nery's Turkey
Preparing Thawed Turkey for Thanksgiving:
Start the turkey preparation process 48 hours before Thanksgiving.
Prep the Turkey:
- Carefully separate the skin around the breast and thigh areas.
- Thoroughly dry these sections to ensure optimal seasoning adherence.
- Stand the turkey upright, allowing any excess water to drain out.
- In a large bowl, combine the following ingredients:
- Season the turkey generously with Herbed Sea Salt both inside and out using the prepared mixture.
Chill the Seasoned Turkey:
- Place a paper towel in a roasting pan.
- Position the turkey face down, cover with foil, and refrigerate until Thanksgiving Day.
On Thanksgiving Day:
Final Seasoning and Stuffing:
- Remove excess water from the turkey and lightly season with Spicy Caribbee Herbed Sea Salt.
- Fill all cavities with your preferred stuffing.
Prepare for Roasting:
- Cover the stuffing-filled cavities with foil to prevent burning.
- Tie the turkey's legs securely.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- For a stuffed turkey (10-18 lbs.), roast for 3.75 to 4.5 hours.
- For an unstuffed turkey, roast for 3 to 3.5 hours.
- Ensure the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
- Once done, remove the turkey from the oven and let it stand for 20-30 minutes before carving.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast! Buen provecho!