Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Turkey day is comin', turkey day is comin'....!!

Simplest turkey recipe I know.

Bay leaves (8-10)

Olive oil

2 lemons

Salt and pepper

Turkey (how much do you want leftover? That's the size you choose)
Season the turkey cavity (take out the innards, do what you want with 'em). Cut the lemons in half, squeeze 'em into the cavity, and toss 'em in.

Stick bay leaves under the skin around the breast, and under the skin around the cavity. Not easy, but it can be done. Rub the whole bird with olive oil (slippery!). I don't truss it anymore than to tie the legs together.

Tent the turkey with foil, and roast at 350F, about 15 minutes per pound. Take the foil off for the last hour or so, to let it brown. When done, de-glaze the pan with 1 cup of white wine, for the best darned gravy you will EVER eat.

The turkey gumbo recipe for the leftovers will come later. Maybe.


  1. Anonymous4:20 PM

    Throw in a couple of Granny Smith apples into the cavity, for moistness and sweetness. And one or two onions.

    Same same for a nice roast chicken of course.


  2. The lemons do all the work.

    Trust me on this.

  3. Well, Rmj, this recipe sounds delicious. I just may try it. It sounds easy, too, except for getting the bay leaves under the skin. That could be a bit tricky.

    And the wine gravy! Thank you.

  4. The recipe tells me to make the bay leaves look pretty.

    I just try to keep them in as few pieces as possible.

  5. My daughter needed a recipe for cooking a turkey, so I sent her yours - in a Facebook message.