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Nov 22, 2011 09:16 AM

What to baste a turkey with (other than wine)?

My go to recipe for turkey is a bone-in turkey breast that is rubbed with butter and herbs de Provence and then stuck in the oven with a bottle of good chardonnay. And then basted every 20 mins or so until it is done. Super easy and super YUM!!! This year (super LONG family story) I'd like to try it without the wine. Any thoughts on what else I could use?

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  1. I make a stock with the neck, some mirepoix, and maybe add some purchased stock. I use that partway through cooking, have a stick of butter melted in the roasting pan.... so it's a combination of butter and stock.

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    1. re: wyogal

      I have some home made chicken stock in the freezer -would that work?

    2. "Twinkie crème with a quarter cup of honey" Apparently lol. For some reason, when I saw your questions, this article came to mind, I thought it was hilarious and disgusting at the same time.

      But I usually use a homemade herb butter (well, I didn't churn the butter lol) and I keep a spray bottle of apple-juice on hand. I use the spray bottle when I'm doing pork or brisket in the smoker for example, but I tried it one year on the turkey and it came out great! Just alternate between butter and apple juice when you go to baste.

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      1. re: bwinter714

        OMG -that is THE most hysterical thing ever!! WOW! Twinkies and turkey! Oh ha ha ha ha ha <can't breathe> ha ha ha

        I thought about apple juice. I may try that.

      2. butter, butter and nothing but the butter.

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        1. re: magiesmom

          How much butter do you use and how often? I'm not afraid of the butter I'm just going to miss the depth from the chardonnay.

          1. re: magiesmom

            I'm doing butter and duck fat drippings from the bird (under and over the skin), with some stock in the pan to start.

          2. I base with the drippings in the roaster that have combined with the mirepoix, white wine and chicken stock I throw in.
            My other favorite way is to combine soy sauce, melted butter, and a touch of sugar/honey. That gives the bird a beautiful color, and a delightful flavor.

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            1. re: attran99

              Ohh I like the idea of the soy and honey -although my other dishes sort of revolve around the herbs -but I can make adjustments. Thanks

              1. re: DebinD

                Although it sounds overpowering, the soy doesn't overwhelm your bird. Your guests will taste and wonder what your secret ingredient was. My ratios are 1/2 c. light soy (or if you have the European version of Maggi that's even better), 1 stick of melted butter, and honey/sugar to taste. Enjoy!

                1. re: attran99

                  Ohh I think I may have to try that!.

            2. Sweet and/or hard apple cider