The Perfect Turkey There are many things one has to remember to get the perfectly cooked Turkey and one of the most common mistakes is to cook the Turkey too long which gives you a dry Turkey.
- Make Sure your Turkey has reached room temperature before cooking
- If you bought your Turkey fresh from the Butcher (or the store) let it rest at least 4 hours in room temperature before you start cooking it.
- If your Turkey was frozen it can take as many as 2-3 days to defrost the Turkey depending on its size so make sure you take it up from the Freezer in due time. You can let it defrost in the fridge for 2 days and let it rest in room temperature the last 4-5 hours before cooking.
- Oven Preparations
- Pre Heat oven to 160 C Degrees.
- Prepare a Roasting Tin (Mine is big enough for the whole oven and square).
- Add about 4 dl of water in the Roasting tin so that the fat that drips from the Turkey won’t burn to the roasting tin while cooking. (This fat is also perfect to to the gravy for that extra flavor!)
- Place the roasting tin at the lowest point without touching the bottom.
- Turkey Preparations
- Place Turkey on a grid iron.
- Fill the Turkey with the Stuffing.
- Brush the Turkey with melted butter and add salt and pepper.
- Insert the Gridiron with the Turkey just over the Roasting tin.
Calculate 30 minutes per kilo meat (Mine was 5.5 Kgs (about 10 pounds) so I cooked mine for 2,5 hours). Continue to brush the Turkey with melted butter every 30 minutes. If you are worried of overcooking the Turkey, you can use a roastmeat thermometer that you stick deep into the meat and let the Turkey cook until it reaches 63-65 C degrees. Another way of testing if it is done is to take the Turkey out of the oven and cut the meat between the leg and the chest with a sharp knife. If the meat juice that comes out is red’ish the Turkey is not done. If it is done the juice will be clear. When the Turkey is done cooking, let it rest for 20-30 minutes before serving. Enjoy : .
For this Thanksgiving I decided to try a new and more interesting stuffing with a home invented recipe. The good thing is that it turned out to be the best Turkey stuffing ever.
Best Turkey Stuffing Ever
- 200 grams of fresh baked white bread in crumbs
- 150 grams of dried mango
- 150 grams of stick celery
- 1 red onion
- 1 single clove garlic
- Fresh Basil, Oregano and Cilantro (about one loose handful of each)
- 200 grams of melted butter Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 small can (1,5 dl) of coconut milk
Follow these steps:
- Chop the stick celery, the mango, and the onion in small pieces.
- Melt the butter and add the vegetables in a casserole.
- Chop the bread in small square pieces.
- Chop the fresh spices.
- Add all to the butter and the vegetables.
- Add the coconut milk
The Waldorf salad is one of the most classical ingredients to a Norwegian buffet table, however it tastes delicious with any white meat like Turkey, Chicken and Pork.
The Waldorf Salad origins from the legendary Hotel Waldorf Astoria in New York.
- 3 Apples (peel and remove the core)
- 3 Stick Celery
- 1/2 Pineapple (fresh or canned – I use fresh)
- 50 grams of Walnuts (buy a 75 gram bag as you need some for decorations as well)
- 1 ½ dl Mayonnaise
- 3 dl whipping Cream
- ½ Lemon
- 200 grams Red or Blue Grapes
How to do:
- Cut the Apples, the Stick Celery and the Pineapple in pieces.
- Whip the cream and mix the whipped cream with the mayonnaise.
- Mix the Apples, the Stick Celery, the Pineapple and Walnuts with the cream mix.
Add a little bit of Lemon juice for taste.
Decorate with walnuts and Blue / Red Grapes.