Make your Thanksgiving a happy one.
By brining your turkey! (Now wouldn't it be nice if Thanksgiving was that easy?!)
After eating a tough, dry turkey, I came across this brine recipe last year in USA Weekend. It definitely does the job of transforming your turkey into something special--moist and full of flavor. Give this a try:
1 small onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
3 bay leaves
1 Tb. black peppercorns
3 springs each of rosemary, thyme, and sage
6 sprigs of fresh Italian parsley
1/2 cup iodized salt
3 gallons of cold water
You need to start on this brine recipe one day before baking your turkey.
In a large pot, prepare the brine--combining all the above ingredients. Then, with your (defrosted) turkey in a large pot or container, pour the brine over your turkey.
Cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours (the longer the better I think)
Remove turkey from brine. Dry off turkey with paper towels. Discard brine.
Then, prepare your turkey as you normally would for baking.
If you've never done this before, I think you'll be real pleased. As for me, I'll never make another turkey without doing brining it first.
P.S. Dont forget the jellied cranberry!