Cooking your Christmas Turkey

Great Ways of Cooking your Christmas Turkey

Something a wee bit different from us from this December blog.  We all love our Christmas dinners and we were wondering all the different ways people have their turkey at Christmas.

One of the best ways to enjoy the holiday season is sitting down with the family for a huge Christmas dinner. However, in order to make sure that your meal is perfect, you have to make sure that you have a great turkey prepared as the centrepiece dish. Everyone has slightly different tastes when it comes to preparing turkey, so you may want to read over the following methods before you cook yours, and choose the one that appeals to your family. You can’t go wrong serving a huge bird with all of your family’s favourite fixings!

Roasting

First of all, you can simply roast your turkey in the oven, which is probably the most traditional way to serve a turkey. However, just because it is traditional, does not mean that it will be lacking in taste. Consider rubbing your turkey in butter and garlic, or a seasoning of your choice, to give it extra flavour. You can also purchase flavour injections to give the meat even more taste as it tenderly roasts in the oven. The longer the turkey cooks, the more flavour it will have and the softer the meat will be, until it almost falls apart in your mouth.

Braising

If you prefer to take a non-traditional route that is a bit more sophisticated, then consider serving a braised turkey this Christmas. Foodies generally are huge fans of braised turkey, because this is the easiest way to make sure that the slices stay moist. Although it does mean that you will have to dissect the turkey and serve it in pieces, the end result will be moist and flavourful bites, which may help bring new life to your bird. This is a great choice for those who have family members that claim to hate turkey because it is so dry!

Deep Frying

Deep fried turkey is quickly becoming fashionable, and while the tradition may have started in the southern states of the US, it is creeping its way into all geographic areas. While it’s not the healthiest, it is undeniably one of the tastiest ways to serve turkey. Plus, it is an extremely quick process, so instead of spending hours waiting for your turkey to cook you can simply deep fry it in under an hour. If you want to get the most out of the experience however, you should soak your turkey in a brine of brown sugar and kosher salt for at least eight hours, to get the meat infused with plenty of flavour. You will also want to do this outdoors, because the splatter and mess is not easy to deal with.

Smoking

If you like the idea of cooking the turkey outside, so that you have room in your oven for everything else, but don’t like the idea of deep frying then you may want to think about smoking your turkey. Wood chips add a unique taste to the bird, to the point that you don’t even have to worry about seasoning or soaking the turkey before you place it in the smoker – although adding a bit of seasoning will still help bring all of the flavours together. Wine, apple cider, and bourbon are all great ways to brine the turkey before placing it in the smoker. Bon appetit!