Easy Turkey Brine Recipe
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!
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.
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.
Then right before I baked it I added fresh rosemary and lemon slices to give it a little extra touch.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
This post was brought to you by Wish-Bone.