From the Thermador and Tastespotting Ultimate Recipe Contest
Submitted by: Jad Driggers
Cook your turkey the day before serving. This allows for more oven space on the big day and takes the hassle out of Thanksgiving!
1 frozen turkey of your size
1 apple, cored and quartered
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 white onion, quartered
2 sprigs Rosemary
1 Reynolds oven bag
1 Digital oven thermometer
Roasting pan and rack
Pre-heat oven to 325ºF
Unwrap frozen turkey and place inside oven bag and close with included zip tie.
Cook for about 2-2.5 hours, then carefully remove the pan from the oven, open the bag and take out the neck, innards bag and gravy bag (if included). You can reserve these for gravy if you like. At this point put the onions, apple, cinnamon and rosemary into the cavity and season the outside if you'd like with your favorite seasoning blend.
Before placing turkey back in oven, insert digital leave-in thermometer in thickest part of breast till you hit the breast bone and pull back 1/2". Close oven and cook until thermometer reads 160ºF. Should be another 2-2.5 hrs, depending on size of turkey.
When you reach 160ºF, remove the turkey and allow to rest for 30-45 minutes or until it is cool enough to handle.
Caution: The turkey is NOT safe to eat at this point. You are pre-cooking it.
Remove the apples, onions and rosemary from the cavity. Carve the turkey and place into a large zip lock bag and keep in refrigerator. Drain the juices from the roasting pan and bag and place in refrigerator. At this time you can make a simple turkey stock by placing the bones into a stock pot, covering with water and adding a few chopped carrots, onions and celery.
Cook on low for 2-3 hours, strain, reserve liquid and discard bones.
The Big Day - 30 minutes before you are ready to serve the meal and after all baking has finished in the oven, bump the temperature up to 475ºF. Place the carved turkey on a cookie tray and pour 2-3 cups of broth over the turkey. Roast on the highest rack for 15-20 minutes at 475ºF. The turkey will be cooked through at this point and the broth will help to keep it moist. Transfer to a serving platter and arrange the turkey as similar to the way it's been placed in the corresponding photo. You can always pour more hot turkey broth over it 2 seconds before taking it to the table.