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Sep 16, 2012 05:34 AM

Roasting turkey in a dutch oven like you would a beef roast.

I was feeling adventurous and want to spice up Thanksgiving this year. My sister graciously gifted me a giant Calphalon enamel cast iron dutch oven yesterday and I want to get "hella-creative".

What i was wondering is if the below concept could be executed properly or am I going to have a massive failure of dry turkey pillow stuffing or slippery under cooked filth?

The concept I want to employ:
-Buy 10 lb turkey
-Cut it inot pieces
-Brine pieces
-Brown the turkey pieces like you would a beef roast in the dutch oven
-Add red onion, porcinis, and red wine and sautee` in the browny goodness left over.
-Re-add the turkey pieces with some chicken stock and roast on 325 till the turkey is done via meat thermometer

What do you all think? Any suggestions?

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  1. It would be something different. I once ran out of propane in the middle of cooking my Thanksgiving turkey and luckily remembered someone had given me one of those big electric roasters. You put water in the tray under and cover the whole thing. My guests swore it was the best, most moist turkey they ever had. I was in such a state I don't remember exactly how I did it, maybe I should try it again this year!

    Yours, since you're cooking directly in the liquid, will probably be falling off the bones when done. Definitely not dry, more like melt in your mouth.

    1. Using the method you described, it really wouldnt be roasted, it would be braised, but it would be delicious!

      1. I think it would be a delicious braised meal. I'd use a lot of onion and some garlic and carrots, myself.

        Here's the CI version

          1. I have roasted a frozen turkey breast in the slow cooker. At night before I go to bed I unwrap it and put it frozen in the slow cooker and turn it on LOW. The next day I ignore it. By dinner time it is done and even slightly brown.