November 01, 2010

Recipe of the Week -- Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey

I thought I'd try something a little different for Thanksgiving this year. I always make just a plain roasted turkey for the meal (yummy!), but it gets a little but boring after awhile. I'm still going to make that plain turkey, but a smaller one and along with it will be this marinated turkey.

We previewed it last week along with a different stuffing recipe. The stuffing was only so-so, but the turkey was amazing! So juicy and delish! It was really very simple. The hardest part was finding a bag it fit in. Thank goodness for bigger ziploc bags!

I used a turkey breast when I made it and will probably do the same again for the holiday, but you can easily marinate a smallish whole turkey.

Marinated Turkey

2 cups water
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup soy sauce
2/3 cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. pepper
1 small turkey or turkey breast (6-14 lbs.)

Combine all the ingredients except the turkey in a large resealable bag. Reserve 1 cup for basting. Add the turkey and seal bag; turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight, turning several times.

Remove turkey from bag and discard marinade. Heat oven to 350*. Place turkey in a large roasting pan. Cook the turkey for 2 to 3 1/2 hours depending on size. (The larger the turkey the longer the cooking time.) Baste as necessary.

The only way to be absolutely sure that your turkey is fully cooked is to use a quality meat thermometer. Interior breast meat should be 170°F and 180°F for thigh meat.

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  1. Oh, sounds like it would be moist and flavorful :)


  2. Your turkey slices look so moist and delicious!

  3. OH! Goodness! This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Yum. It's always good to have a couple "spice up the turkey" recipes on hand. I eat a lot of it now that I am trying to maintain weight the weight I lost and maybe lose a little more!

  5. The Turkey looks very moist and very pretty. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    Miz Helen

  6. I can just imagine how flavorful and juicy this turkey would be. It sounds great. By the way, I'm holding a CSN giveaway on my blog and you're welcome to come by and enter.

  7. Suddenly, it feels like Christmas, not thanksgiving. LOL It looks like ham from far away. :D Just delicious!

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  8. This does sound really good. For our family the turkey only comes in the traditional slow cooked or fried.
    A marinade would be nice to change it up a little.

  9. What a great way to spruce up an old holiday favorite! Can't wait to make it this year :D



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