This Thanksgiving, try something new with your turkey while still staying in your holiday cooking comfort zone. This sweet and tart Cranberry Dijon Glazed Turkey is packed full of flavor that will make the entire family digging in for seconds.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Circulon. As always, all opinions stated are my own.
Thanksgiving is next week. You guys! Now the question is seriously for real, are you ready? Are the recipes printed out?
That’s okay, have no fear because I’m here for the last minute planners today with this amazing Cranberry Dijon Turkey, that only requires 1 day of prep for an incredibly juicy and flavorful turkey for the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving family meal.
When Circulon approached me a couple of weeks ago about joining their Turkey Talk campaign I quickly said yes. You see in my family, I don’t get to make the turkey. It’s always one of my brothers, my mom or on the rare occasion my dad. I might baste, check the temperature, make sure it’s not overcooking but that’s about as far into the turkey cooking I’m going to get. I suppose that’s what happens when you are the youngest and live in a tiny apartment. You know what though? I would like the chance to show off my culinary prowess to the family, I want to show them I can make a turkey as awesome (perhaps better? At least I think so) than them. So I’m taking it to the web and doing it my way, by sharing it with all of you.
If your family is anything like mine, I’m taking wild bets that they don’t really change up their turkey cooking routines much. I understand it, Thanksgiving is a big cooking day, why would you want to change the centerpiece of the meal?
Today I’m going to convince you why you should. The changes don’t have to be big, just enough to add some new flavor to a cooking method you are completely comfortable and family with.
Let’s start with turkey prep, sounds good?
There’s always a debate on whether you should wet brine, dry brine, no brine or purchase a pre-brined turkey. Just end the argument today, don’t do any of it, purchase a fresh turkey (or a frozen one and make sure it’s defrosted 24 hours BEFORE Thanksgiving) and salt it. There’s no need to keep a 20 pound turkey filled with water in your fridge or one that needs to be dry brined for 3 days. By salting your turkey for a day, it helps retain the moisture, flavor it and dry out the skin for that perfect golden brown crisp crunch. At this point you can also add more flavoring under the skin like citrus zest and herbs.
By Thanksgiving morning most of your turkey prep is ready to go, all you need to do then is rub some room temperature butter under the skin for extra flavor, bring the turkey to room temperature so it cooks evenly and roast away in Circulon’s Roaster with U-Rack.
It’s really that easy. Where does the glaze come in? At the end, while the turkey is roasting away you are making your cranberry sauce and turkey stock for the pan gravy. Part of that cranberry sauce will get pureed into the glaze to be brushed on top for the last 30 minutes of roasting.
In the end you have this sticky sweet crispy skin with juicy and flavorful meat underneath.
I’m telling you, it’s the easiest turkey you’ve ever prepared and your family will love it.