Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lemon Roasted Turkey

I posted a turkey recipe a few years ago that is absolutely fabulous, but you have to set aside quite of bit of time to do it right. Some people have asked for recipes that are a little more simple to make. This is one is really simple to make but will still provide a "wow factor" at your Thanksgiving Feast!

1 whole turkey
1 large lemon, cut into halves
Salt and pepper to taste
Butter or olive oil, whichever you prefer

Step 1: Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Rub butter or oil over the skin of the turkey until it is completely coated and sprinkle with salt and pepper (and any other seasonings you prefer).

Step 3: Use your hand to gently separate the skin from the breast meat. Slide lemon halves under the skin with the peel side up, one on each side. The lemons will release their juices into the breasts slowly as the turkey cooks.

Step 4: Cover with foil and bake for 30-45 minuters.

Step 5: Remove foil and continue to bake until the temperature in the thickest part of the breast registers 160 degress.

Step 6: Remove from oven, cover with foil and let stand for 20-30 minutes before carving.

NOTE: If you've followed these steps correctly, your turkey should look like the one in the picture below.

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