My family is coming from California, New York, and San Antonio to spend Thanksgiving here in Dallas. All my roommates will be out of town so we’re having Thanksgiving at my house and I’ll be doing most of the prepping since everyone won’t be getting in until Thanksgiving day! I’m a little nervous about the turkey, especially because I cooked the turkey for last year’s Friendsgiving and part of it was Delicious, and the other part of it was still raw, lol! So I decided to have a trial run to work out the kinks! I decided to go with a dry brine because I heard that the meat texture is better while keeping it juicy. Plus there isn’t the added time of letting the skin dry out after taking the turkey out of a wet brine – double win!
Obviously, I wanted to incorporate essential oils into my Thanksgiving cooking so I decided to go with a Rosemary-Orange dry brine. It’s super simple and easy –
- 4 tbsp salt
- 3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
- Zest from 1 orange*
- 1-2 drops Rosemary oil
- 1-2 drops Wild Orange oil
*when using the zest of any citrus fruit, definitely get organic since the peel absorbs the most contaminants from pesticides, which you definitely don’t want in your turkey brine!
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and rub all over the turkey. I like to separate the skin from the meat where I can and rub some directly on the meat, too! Place it in the fridge, breast side up and uncovered for 1-3 days. And it’s that easy!
On Thanksgiving day, remove from the fridge an hour before baking time to allow the turkey to come to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and roast for 30min.
Reduce to 350 and bake until internal temp reaches 160 degrees F. Generally, the turkey needs to roast a total of 20min/ lb for a defrosted turkey and 10-15min/ lb for a fresh turkey.
Remove and let sit for 15min. The turkey will continue to cook while out of the oven.
I like to make turkey stock out of the neck and giblets that come with the turkey and combine with the drippings to make a quick and flavorful gravy for mashed potatoes!