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Nov 14, 2011 11:47 AM

Barefoot Contessa's Roasted Turkey?

Wondering if anyone has made Ina Garten's Roasted Turkey for T-day before? Seen two variations on this--one that was on her show/cookbook and is a white truffle butter and the other is a cheaper variation that appears in Southern Living this month (herb butter instead of the truffles)

I have always been very pleased with her recipes for everyday meals and am considering deviating from the method my mother has used for approx 30 years (the Silver Palate cheese cloth and basting every 30 minutes). The SP way has always come out great, and mom has offered to manage the Turkey again, but as I take over the holiday (this is the second year we will have in our home) I would love to have something just as good (better, perhaps) but with less stress/effort of lifting a hot turkey out of the oven every 30 minutes or so. (Have a toddler plus another on the way, so simplicity is key in the next several years).

I ordered a high quality, fresh bird and do not plan to brine. Realize I should have gone with kosher bird, but will do so next year.

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  1. A secret a lot of people don't seem to mention is that you can salt the turkey to simulate koshering, without a lot of storage. use a heavy hand with kosher salt about 1-2 days prior to roasting and apply liberally to the turkey along with other herbs/spices. Leave in fridge covered in plastic wrap. Wednesday evening, give the turkey a cold water bath and leave to dry overnight in fridge with no cover. The dry air of the fridge will help both lock in seasoning and get bird dry enough for good roasting. Day of Tgiving, rub generously with soft butter and fresh herbs. This avoids the PITA of a large vessel full of water holding a giant turkey and no room for anything else in your fridge.

    You are correct, kosher would definitely solve the trick.

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    1. we have done this Ina Turkey for the last two years and will do so again this it

      1. I looked at her herb buttered roasted turkey recipe, and am doing something similar, not sure if it's hers or Fine Cooking's (My Thanksgiving recipes are in the other room:) But it is called "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme roast turkey.

        1. I have made the BF contessa recipe but put truffle oil in the butter instead, twice, both times it was delicious! Have also done with Roast Chicken...delicious as well. My daughter just made it and the guests said it was the best chicken ever. I used to do Silver Palate recipes too and like them very much. I use a lot of Barefoot Contessa recipes now and have all her cookbooks...delicious recipes...simple to prepare! What could be better!

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          1. re: TuniC

            Tunic did you also use butter or just the oil under the skin etc and do you skip the olive oil I can only find truffle oil

          2. I made Ina's Accidental Turkey last year and it was amazing. Easy and takes less than 2 hours in the oven!