As you know from yesterday’s Cornbread Stuffing recipe, Thanksgiving is full of wonderful food memories for me — and it happens to be my favorite holiday! After all, it’s all about food!
I go nuts with the turkey, and I love the entire process. If time permits, I highly recommend brining your turkey. Brining will add moisture and flavor and will help keep the turkey from drying out. My Thanksgiving turkey brine recipe is here.
Covering the turkey with bacon is brilliant! This “trick” serves as an automatic baster — and adds an insanely delicious smoky flavor.
So go nuts! Make this oh-so-amazing Thanksgiving turkey!
The below timeline is for roasting a turkey that is approximately 12-pounds. Roasting times will change based on the weight of your turkey.
at least 1 day ahead of time: If desired, brine the turkey. (The turkey will be removed from the brine after up 10 18 hours.) My Thanksgiving turkey brine recipe is here.
Up to 5 days and at least 3 hours ahead of time: Make the compound butter.
About 2-1/2 to 3 hours ahead of serving time: Begin roasting the turkey.