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Delightfully Delicious Meyer Lemon Roasted Turkey Recipe
This entry was posted on November 23, 2016.
This year you can use those Meyer Lemons that you've grown to perk up the flavor of your Thanksgiving bird! This recipe will work with other types of sweet citrus too or you can use more than one type of citrus to come up with your own version of this delicious recipe. Cooking should be fun and experimenting with cooking makes it even better. I have included substitutes for every ingredient that's easier and/or healthier to find or use.
Approximately a dozen Meyer Lemons (Or your favorite sweet citrus fruit)
8 Cloves of Garlic (You can substitute 1 Clove with either: 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes; 1/8 teaspoon Garlic Powder; I do not recommend using Garlic Salt as a substitute but if that's all you have then you can substitute 1/2 Teaspoon to equal 1 Clove then use half as much salt than our recipes calls for below)
1/4 Cup Fresh Rosemary (You can substitute dry herbs for fresh but you need to use half of what the recipe calls for. So 1/4 becomes 1/8 of a cup)
1/4 Cup Fresh Thyme (You can substitute dry herbs using half as mentioned above)
1/4 Cup of Salt (You can substitute with the potassium chloride if desired)
1 Stick of Butter (You can substitute with 6 Tablespoons of Olive Oil)
1/8 Teaspoon of Black Pepper (White Pepper can be substituted with the same measurements or a pinch of Cayenne Pepper can used)
- 1. Prepare your oven per the package directions of the Turkey that you are using for this recipe.
- 2. Zest Six of the Meyer Lemons, Finely Chop your Garlic Cloves & Fresh Herbs then set aside.
- 3. Cut Four of your Meyer Lemons into quarters and set aside.
- 4. In a medium saucepan melt the butter (or warm the olive oil) then remove from heat.
- 5. Add the Zested Meyer Lemons, Chopped Garlic, Salt & Fresh Herbs into the butter/oil and mix well. Allow the mixture to cool.
- 6. Rinse the Turkey and dry with clean paper towels. Rub the turkey with the butter/herb mixture completely covering the entire turkey.
- 7. Place Seasoned Turkey into a roasting pan, stuff turkey with the quartered lemon pieces. Then roast per the directions on the Turkey label.
- 8. Use the remaining Lemons to garnish your turkey after cooking is complete.
Typical roasting times are 20 minutes per pound at 350 Degrees.
Roasting the Turkey upside down for the first 45 minutes of roasting can significantly improve the moisture retention of the meat.
Adding an inch of Turkey or Chicken stock to the bottom of the roasting pan can improve the taste of the turkey and help maintain moisture in the meat.
Using a meat thermometer can simplify your roasting. Just remove the turkey when it reaches 170°F.
Using Food Service plastic gloves during the preparation of the turkey especially while rubbing the seasoning can keep your hands clean and prevent abrasions from the salt which can be very painful.
All of us at LemonCitrusTree wishes you & your loved ones a very HAPPY Thanksgiving!