This cilantro and Lime rubbed turkey recipe will bring new flavors to your table. Eating the same Turkey every year can become boring. So why not try a different twist that will impress your family and guests? Thanksgiving will be here soon! So I thought I might as well start sharing some recipes for this important meal. That way you can plenty of time to decide which recipe to chose and buy ingredients.
Makes 10 servings
- 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
- 1/2 cup italian flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
- 1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
- 12 to 14 lb/ 5 to 6 kg fresh or thawed turkey
- 4 springs fresh cilantro
- 2 carrots, cut into 3-inch/ 7.5-cm pieces
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup butter
1. Preheat oven 325° F/ 163° C. In food processor combine cilantro, parsley, butter, shallot and lime peel. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Process with pulses until it is a chunky paste. set aside.
2. Remove neck and giblets from turkey and discard. Rinse turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Starting at the neck loosen skin by sliding your fingers underneath, separating skin from meat. Rub half the herb paste under the skin, over the breast and towards thighs.
3. Sprinkle body cavity with kosher salt and pepper. Insert cilantro springs, carrots and onion. Pull neck skin to back; fasten with a small skewer. Tuck wings under breast. Loop kitchen string around drumsticks; tie securely to tail. Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in a roasting pan. Brush melted butter over turkey. Insert n oven-going meat thermometer into center of an inside thigh muscle, avoiding bone. Cover loosely with foil paper.
4. Roast o2h45m. Meanwhile, in small sauce pan melt 1/4 cup butter. Stir in honey and remaining herb paste; set aside.
5. Remove foil. Roast 15 – 45 minutes more or until thermometer reaches 175° F/ 80° C, occasionally brushing with honey mixture. Remove from oven.
6. Cover turkey with foil; let stand 15 minutes. Remove and discard vegetables from inside turkey. Top with fresh cilantro.
Original Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens - November 2013 issue - BHG.COM