Doña Nery's Turkey

Doña Nery's Turkey

Preparing Thawed Turkey for Thanksgiving:

Start the turkey preparation process 48 hours before Thanksgiving.

  1. 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.
  2. Seasoning Mix:

    • In a large bowl, combine the following ingredients:
    • Season the turkey generously with Herbed Sea Salt both inside and out using the prepared mixture.
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Prepare for Roasting:

    • Cover the stuffing-filled cavities with foil to prevent burning.
    • Tie the turkey's legs securely.
  3. Roasting Instructions:

    • 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.
  4. Resting Period:

    • Once done, remove the turkey from the oven and let it stand for 20-30 minutes before carving.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast! Buen provecho!