Perfect Roast Turkey
- Yield: 12 servings
- 1whole 14 to 16 pound frozen young turkey
- 1cup kosher salt
- 1/2cup light brown sugar
- 1gallon vegetable stock
- 1tablespoon black peppercorns
- 1/2tablespoon allspice berries
- 1/2tablespoon candied ginger
- 1gallon iced water
- 1whole red apple, sliced
- 1/2whole onion, sliced
- 1whole cinnamon stick
- 1cup water
- 4sprigs rosemary
- 6-- leaves sage
- -- Canola oil
- To make brine, combine kosher salt, light brown sugar, vegetable stock, black peppercorns, allspice berries, and candied ginger in a stockpot, and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve solids, then remove from heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
- Early on the day of cooking (or late the night before) combine the brine and ice water in a clean 5-gallon bucket. Place thawed turkey breast side down in brine, cover and refrigerate or set in cool area (like a basement) for 6 hours. Turn turkey over once, halfway through brining.
- A few minutes before roasting, heat oven to 500F.
- Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick and cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
- Remove bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard brine.
- Place bird on roasting rack inside wide, low pan and pat dry with paper towels. Add steeped aromatics to cavity along with rosemary and sage. Tuck back wings and coat whole bird liberally with canola (or other neutral) oil. Roast on lowest level of the oven at 500F. for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cover breast with double layer of aluminum foil, insert probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and return to oven, reducing temperature to 350F. Set thermometer alarm (if available) to 161F. A 14-to-16-pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting. Let turkey rest, loosely covered for 15 minutes before carving.