Poultry: Butter Marinade for a Turkey

Learn how to marinate your Thanksgiving or holiday turkey with butter or butter mixed with flavors like lemon, Dijon mustard, or maple syrup to give it a rich, brown skin and seal in juices and flavor.

Released on 7/30/2013

Transcript

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[Instructor] Butter marinade.
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A simple way to help seal in juices and aid in the browning
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of your turkey is by using a butter marinade.
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Just take one stick of butter for 10 pounds of turkey
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and rub it into the skin of your uncooked turkey.
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Removing the turkey from the refrigerator
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half an hour before starting and using room temperature
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butter will make the marinading much easier.
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Coat the entire turkey with a thin layer of butter.
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To make the turkey even more flavorful,
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stir ingredients such as lemon juice, dijon mustard,
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maple syrup, thyme and other fresh herbs,
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garlic or cayenne pepper into the butter.
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Make sure you flip the turkey over and coat the underside
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fully, including the wings and thighs.
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Before roasting make sure you flip
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the bird breast side up again.
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For added richness, make small hidden incisions
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in the turkey and stuff little pats
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of butter under the skin.
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Roast as usual and you'll have
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a beautiful, brown, juicy turkey.