Apple orange Christmas turkey
I can’t believe that Christmas and New Year is around the corner! Can you guys believe it?! Time flies so fast and this year was really productive for me and many things have changed for the past six months. I changed my plans, I was challenging myself and I must say that this year I had so much experience! I stepped out of my comfort zone and did what I wanted really to do. I quit my restaurant job and chose to be a free self-employed person. This decision wasn’t easy at all and like every person (probably) I was scared and wasn’t sure if this will work out.
Since the last 6 months I realized everything that happens to us, depend on ourselves. No one can help us, if we can’t help to ourselves. I worked really hard to start my own photography and blogging business and I still need to learn so many things in this crazy social-media world. But, now I know that everything depends on me and this is a very great feeling to understand that nobody can’t tell you that you’re doing something wrong. I’m making mistakes, I’m learning and it helps to grow as a person, as a professional.
I’ve started my business about six months ago and for this past six months I’ve learned sooo many things, I met a lot of new people that I care about and the most important thing is I do what I really love and passion about!
So yeah, I just want to thank you all, who is reading my blog, who is following me. Thank you all for your support! I do care about it and this is so important for me to know, that things that I create, can help to someone. All challenges that I had and still have are worth it! And I’m so grateful for this past year for the great moment and big changes in my life.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Ok, after a long monologue I’m gonna share of the great Christmas dinner ideas with you guys 🙂
I’m so excited about this magic time of the year. We bought our Christmas tree a week ago and it smells soo good, I can’t wait to open all the gifts soon, haha 🙂
Roasted turkey is a very traditional dish for Christmas dinner, so I want to share a very delicious recipe with you, that will impress all of your guests.
Crispy skin, moist turkey meat that smells and tastes like oranges and apples. And this recipe is really easy to make! We bought our turkey at Whole Foods who has a really good choice of free-range organic turkey. I do recommend to buy organic bird, because it’s so much more delicious and nutritious.
Start making the turkey brine the day before roasting the bird. It must seat in the brining marinade for 20-24 hours, so all the flavors will incorporate inside of the turkey meat. Then, the next day, wake up earlier and start preparing your turkey for roasting! Cover it with flavorful butter with some lemon zest, thyme and garlic. Trust, it’s going to smell amazing in your kitchen! After 1.5 hours you’ll start to smell incredible flavor, this is probably the hardest time of waiting, haha 🙂 it smells soo good!!!!
Servings: up to 10 people
Prep time: 20-24 hours
Cooking time: 2.5-3 hours
Ingredients for brine:
- 3 cups apple cider
- 20 cups water
- 2 sprig rosemary
- 4 sprig oregano
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 orange, large diced
- 2 lemons, large diced
- 2 apples, large diced
- ¾ cup kosher sea salt
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
Ingredients for roasting turkey:
- 8-12 lbs organic free-range turkey 8-10 lbs
- Zest from two lemons
- 6 spring thyme, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 tbsp melted butter
- Remove the giblets from the neck cavity and the neck from the body cavity (save in the refrigerator or freezer for making gravy)
- In a large pot, that will fill your turkey, put the brining bag and put all the ingredients for the brining. Stir well and place your turkey inside of the mixture. Tightly cover the top and refrigerate for 20-24 hours before roasting.
- Remove the turkey from the brine, let it seat at room temperature uncovered for an hour before roasting.
- Preheat the oven at 325F, place turkey into the baking sheet. In a medium bowl combine lemon zest, melted butter, garlic and thyme and brush with this mixture your turkey. Cover with foil and roast for 1.5 hours.
- Increase the temperature at 350F, remove foil and roast another 1-1.5 hours.
- The turkey will be ready when the temperature will reach 165F. Check it with meat thermometer.
- When is turkey is ready, let it seat covered with foil for 20-30 minutes before cutting it.