The Secret to A Picture Perfect Turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey

With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away it’s time to start planning your menu and picking up a few tips and tricks along the way. We have the secret to a picture perfect turkey; definitely Insta-worthy.

When you look at all of the culinary magazines and web pages the featured turkey is always a beautiful golden brown. Have you ever wondered how that look was achieved? In most instances it is airbrushed or photoshopped. Therefore, not “real”. To serve a golden, insta-worthy, moist turkey we use cheese cloth and a lot of butter; yes, four pounds of UNSALTED butter. That’s right, four pounds of delicious, melted butter.

To get started, slather on the butter to a towel dried bird. Sprinkle on your seasoning, soak a double layer of cheesecloth in melted butter and drape over the turkey. Set oven to 425 F for the FIRST 30 MINUTES; turn down to 325 F and roast until internal temperature at its deepest point is 165 F to 170 F (typically takes 20 minutes per pound at 325 F to reach internal temp). Continually baste every 35-40 minutes with melted butter. You can go straight up melted butter or melted butter with a dry white wine. Remove the cheesecloth with 30 minutes of bake time left. Remove cheesecloth slowly. It might feel like it sticks but it’s ok, just peel it slowly.

Now that the turkey is done and a golden brown, garnish your platter with herbs, citrus and fruit; cover with foil to let the turkey rest for 30 minutes before serving.

Your guests will be drooling at the site of your beautiful turkey. Surely, everyone will want to snap a pic of this perfect turkey for their instagram.

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