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Gordon Ramsay’s Turkey Recipe: A Feast Fit for a Fashionable Feast
Gordon Ramsay is not just a master chef, but also a savior for your unfortunate dry Thanksgiving turkey. And boy, does he have some tricks up his tailored sleeves!
In his 2020 Thanksgiving Recipe Guide, Ramsay spilled the beans on his secret weapon: smoked bacon. Yes, you heard it right. The man who yells at incompetent cooks on TV uses bacon to keep his turkey moist. Is there anything bacon can’t do?
According to Ramsay, a combination of soft butter and olive oil acts as the superhero duo that fights against culinary crime. The soft butter provides a luscious first coating, while the olive oil “stops the butter from burning.” It’s like a fashionably efficient bodyguard for your turkey.
But wait, there’s more! Ramsay suggests adding eight strips of smoked bacon on top of the turkey to create an impenetrable shield of flavor. It’s like dressing your turkey in a chic bacon cape while it bakes in the oven. Talk about a statement piece!
And the best part? Once the turkey is cooked to perfection, you can remove the bacon strips and transform them into a delectable gravy. It’s like recycling for your taste buds! Ramsay’s culinary genius knows no bounds.
Now that we’ve covered the secret weapons, let’s dive into the ingredients. Ramsay’s turkey recipe is a haute couture affair, calling for 12 fabulous ingredients that will make your taste buds strut down the runway of flavor. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 free-range turkey (ideally Norfolk Black or Bronze), about 11 – 12 pounds
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 onions, peeled and halved
- 1 lemon, halved
- 1 head of garlic, halved horizontally
- 6 bay leaves
- Olive oil, to drizzle
- 8 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
And now, for the pièce de résistance: the Lemon, Parsley, and Garlic Butter ingredients: – 13 oz butter at room temperature – 1 tbsp olive oil – Finely grated zest and juice of 2 small lemons – 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed – Small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, leaves only, chopped
This fabulous recipe serves eight to ten people and takes just under four hours to create. So put on your imaginary designer apron and get ready to create a masterpiece.
Preheat the oven to a sizzling 428° Fahrenheit. While the heat rises, prepare the herb butter. Mix butter, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, crushed garlic, and chopped parsley together in a large bowl. It’s like creating a fashionable blend of flavors that will make your turkey the talk of the town.
Remove the giblets from the turkey and generously season the cavity with salt and pepper. Stuff the cavity with halved onions, halved lemon, garlic halves, and two bay leaves. It’s like dressing your turkey with flavorful accessories that will elevate its style.
Loosen the skin on the breast and legs, creating openings for the flavored butter. Gently massage half of the butter mix under the skin, ensuring it covers the meat. Then, insert the remaining bay leaves under the skin. It’s like giving your turkey a luxurious massage before it struts into the oven.
Place the bird in a large roasting tray, breast side up, ready to showcase its beauty. Spread the rest of the flavored butter all over the skin. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil. It’s like adding the finishing touches to a haute couture gown.
Roast the turkey in the hot oven for 10 – 15 minutes, allowing the flavors to mingle. Take the tray out, baste the bird with the pan juices, and accessorize it with bacon rashers. Return it to the oven, lower the setting to 356° Fahrenheit, and cook for approximately two and a half hours. Remember to baste occasionally, because a well-cooked turkey always needs a touch-up.
To test if your turkey is cooked to perfection, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the leg. If the juices run clear like a supermodel’s confidence, your turkey is ready. If not, keep calm and roast on for another 15 minutes. Repeat until the turkey is cooked to catwalk perfection.
Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest in a warm place for at least 45 minutes. Use this time to prepare the gravy that will complement your masterpiece. Remove the bay leaves from under the skin, carve the turkey, and serve it with the piping hot gravy, stuffing, and all the fabulous accompaniments. It’s like hosting a glamourous feast straight out of a fashion magazine.
Now, dear fashionistas, it’s your turn to don your apron and create a Thanksgiving turkey that will make all your guests envy your culinary style. With Gordon Ramsay’s recipe by your side, you’ll be a culinary diva in no time!
Remember, while fashion trends may come and go, the memory of a perfectly cooked turkey will last a lifetime. So gown up and embark on your culinary journey, because a fashionable feast awaits you!
What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Do you have any secret tricks to keep your turkey moist? Share your thoughts and culinary adventures in the comments below! Let’s feast on good food and even better fashion!