Turkey should be baked for quite a long time, but the taste and aroma are worth it. Letidor reveals three great turkey recipes that show how to bake it in one piece, how to cook a turkey thigh and what goes into a stew besides the meat.
Turkey for a Winter Dinner
|whole turkey (about 8 kg)||1|
|cup of softened butter||1/2|
|large celery stalks||5|
|dried thyme||1 tsp|
|chicken broth||2 l|
|white bread||2 loaves|
|fresh parsley leaves||to taste|
Fry the bread a little, cut it into centimeter cubes and set it aside. Melt the butter in a small pan on medium heat and chop the celery and onions. Put the celery and onions in the stew, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes until they become soft. Add thyme, salt, pepper, 400 millilitres of chicken broth and a half-cup of water.
Remove the small pan from the stove. Place the bread cubes in a large bowl and finely chopped parsley. Add the celery, onions and parsley to the bread and mix.
Wash the turkey and dry it with paper towels. Put it into a deep casserole dish with the breast up. Loosely stuff the turkey with the bread mixture and apply softened butter on top of the turkey. Add salt and pepper, then cover the turkey with foil.
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Place the turkey into the oven and pour two cups of broth into the casserole dish. Baste the turkey with juice every 30 minutes. When it becomes dry, pour broth on it (about one to two cups at a time).
Remove the foil after 2.5 hours and bake for about another four hours. Check the readiness by inserting a thermometer into the thigh, which should show 80 degrees Celsius. Put the turkey on a large platter and let it cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.
|turkey thigh with skin||1|
|sprigs of rosemary||3|
|ground pepper||1/2 tsp|
|olive oil||1 tbsp|
|dried juniper berries||8|
Pour the olive oil into a bowl, squeeze the juice from the lemon half into it, add salt, pepper and oregano, and mix.
Rinse the turkey thigh with water and apply the lemon mixture. Put it into a baking bag, add the juniper berries and sprigs of rosemary, and then close the bag.
Put the turkey in a casserole dish or a roasting pan and place it in an oven. First bake at 220 degrees Celsius for about an hour and then reduce the temperature to 175 degrees Celsius and cook for another 30 minutes.
Turkey in Pots
|cup olive oil||1/2|
|slices of shallots||10|
|tomato paste||1.5 tbsp|
|cinnamon||a pinch for each pot|
Cut the turkey into pieces (you can use a fillet to simplify the process).
Heat the oil in a frying pan and quickly fry the turkey pieces so that they become a golden colour. Put the roasted turkey into the pot.
Put tomato paste into the same pan, finely chop the onions and add them into the pan. Fry for a few minutes, then add flour and fry them a bit more. Then place them into the pots.
Add ¾ cup of water into each pot and put them into the oven at 175 degrees Celsius and cook for 30 minutes, and then add the prunes, salt and cinnamon into the pots and cook for an additional 45 minutes.