Easy Turkey Brine Recipe

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How to brine a turkey -the easy way! A simple Thanksgiving dinner for beginners.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only a few days away? Crazy! We got together with some friends a few weeks ago for a little Thanksgiving feast and I decided to try out a new turkey brine recipe. It was so good! If this is your first year making a turkey, I have the perfect NO FAIL recipe for you. The turkey came out so juicy, moist and delicious!

How to brine a turkey -the easy way! A simple Thanksgiving dinner for beginners.

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I’ve partnered up with Wishbone as Chief Turkey Officer this Thanksgiving to show you how to brine your turkey with Wish-Bone Italian Dressing. You’re not going to believe this brine is made with only a few simple ingredients.

How to brine a turkey -the easy way! A simple Thanksgiving dinner for beginners.

This brine really is an easy and no-fail recipe! You basically just pour 2 bottles of dressing and 1 can of chicken broth over the turkey (after it’s cleaned out of course) and let it sit in the refrigerator over night.

How to brine a turkey -the easy way! A simple Thanksgiving dinner for beginners.

Then right before I baked it I added fresh rosemary and lemon slices to give it a little extra touch.

How to brine a turkey -the easy way! A simple Thanksgiving dinner for beginners.

I love the lemon and rosemary combo. It makes a great stove top potpourri too.

Turkey Brine Recipe

Yield: 12 to 16

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 1/2 - 3 hours

Ingredients:

1 (12 to 16lb) turkey

2 bottles (16 oz) each Wish-Bone Italian

1 can (14.5oz) chicken broth

Large food-safe plastic bag or deep non-metallic container

Directions:

Thaw turkey (will take about 4 days in a refrigerator or 8 hours in cold water). Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities, discard. Place turkey breast side down in a bag or container. Pour dressing and broth over turkey. Close bag and cover pan. Marinate in refrigerator 12 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°. Remove turkey from bag or pan and discard brine.

Place turkey in roasting pan. Add fresh rosemary and lemon if you'd like. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the bottom of the pan. Cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reaches 180°. Cover turkey loosely with foil after the first 30 minutes to prevent turkey from browning.

Let turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.

How to brine a turkey -the easy way! A simple Thanksgiving dinner for beginners.

We served this turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and green beans. For the real day we definitely go ALL out with all the sides and fix-in’s. Yum! I can’t wait!

How to brine a turkey -the easy way! A simple Thanksgiving dinner for beginners.

So there you have it. A simple and delicious recipe for a juicy turkey! Make sure to check out my turkey day Pinterest board for more recipes, tips and tricks.

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Kari - U Create posted on November 24, 2014 at 10:48 am (#
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    So this turkey looks like it came right out of a magazine!! Makes me excited to eat turkey this week!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 24, 2014 at 4:45 pm (#
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      Thanks Kari! I can’t wait for Thanksgiving. :)

  2. Rebecca+Cooper posted on November 24, 2014 at 11:00 am (#
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    That turkey looks amazing!

  3. Amy@theidearoom posted on November 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm (#
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    I love Italian dressing. I use it a lot when cooking! 

  4. Desiree+@The36thAvenue posted on November 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm (#
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    Your recipes always look amazing and I love them all. Thank you so much for sharing! 

  5. Michelle posted on November 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm (#
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    Wow! This turkey looks amazing!!

  6. Debby posted on November 25, 2014 at 9:42 am (#
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    The turnstIles great! However, does it actually sit In the 1.5 Cups of water?

  7. Kristyn posted on November 26, 2014 at 8:22 am (#
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    WOW!! Your turkey looks beautiful!! Still need to learn how to make one! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  8. Nagi@RecipeTin Eats posted on November 26, 2014 at 4:26 pm (#
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    This is such a great guide! I’ve been using a brine by Thomas Keller and I find it difficult to get the brining time right because of the amount of salt in the recipe. You’ve made this really simple, thanks! Using dressing is much safer – and easier!!

    • Jamielyn posted on December 2, 2014 at 10:41 pm (#
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      I’m glad this was helpful for you! Thanks for commenting. :)

  9. Tom posted on November 30, 2015 at 11:14 am (#
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    Have to try @ Xmas