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Two ways to turkey
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Chef suggests dry-rubs, butterflying and Convection Cooking for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving
TEMPE, AZ, October 26, 2011–The savvy Thanksgiving chef will break with tradition, utilizing modern appliances and innovative cooking techniques that maximize flavor and minimize stress.
“If you are expecting a large party for Thanksgiving, prepare both a butterfly and a traditional turkey and roast them in the oven together,” said Westar Kitchen & Bath Chef Rachelle Boucher. “Cooked in a convection oven, such as the KitchenAid® or Wolf®, the turkey will cook evenly, come out moist and golden all around, and in much less time than in a traditional bake setting.”
Chef Rachelle suggests two ways to cook a turkey:
Traditional Turkey with Orange Spice Rub
Wash, dry and brush turkey with oil, giblets removed
Finely chop fresh sage, orange zest, nutmeg, ground coriander, kosher salt and fresh pepper Sprinkle 1/3 cup spice mixture inside the turkey and sprinkle the remainder under the skin and all over the turkey. Place cut orange slices, onion slices and whole rosemary sprigs inside the turkey. Truss for moisture retention. Add wine and stock to the baking pan
For a 12-15 pound turkey, bake at 350° in a convection oven (375° if using a traditional oven).
Cook for 2 ½ hours
Butterfly Turkey with Orange Spice Rub
To cook a turkey in half the time, remove the backbone and crack the breastbone so it’s flat. Flatten the turkey and put into the pan.
Sprinkle the Orange Spice Rub (recipe above) all over the turkey. Truss for moisture retention Cook at 350° in a convection oven (375° for traditional oven) for 1 ½ hours Remove, to a cutting board and rest for 30 minutes.
Use the drippings for gravy
For more recipes and tips from Chef Rachelle Boucher, please visit www.chefrachelleboucher.com and “like” on www.facebook.com/chefrachelleboucher.
Westar Kitchen & Bath (www.westar-sw.com) is the Southwest’s premier provider of quality appliances for the trade professional and for residential clients. A division of Sears Holding Corporation, Westar Kitchen & Bath has been in business for more than 30 years and has four showrooms throughout Arizona and Nevada.