My parents gave me this recipe and it's extremely tender and easy so I thought I'd post it in case anyone was celebrating the holiday later or was doing a turkey for X-mas:
Julia's parents turkey
Whole turkey (I had a 12 lb)
4 small carrots
3 celery sticks
Mayonnaise (about 1/2 cup)
Place turkey, celery, carrots and onion in large pot and cover with water. Boil for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350. Place turkey in a roasting pan, smear with mayonnaise (thin layer) and add about 1 inch of broth to roasting pan. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for additional 30-45 minutes (until golden brown).
This turns out the juiciest, most tender bird. And since there's no butter or oil it's not as fattening. Also, now you have turkey broth to keep for other uses.
I remember my grandmother used to boil the turkey, then she put it in a roasting pan and put the dressing over the turkey and baked it. I seem to remember she boiled a lot of meat before roasting. I'm sure she didn't smear it with mayonnaise! Isn't it hard to get out of the pot?
We just used tongs and grabbed onto the metal things they bind the legs with. It was actually pretty easy.
I might have to try that. Last year I did the brining, this year I started my turkey breast side down. Didn't have any trouble turning it either.
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