November 15, 2012

Herb and Garlic Rubbed, Apple Stuffed Turkey


Ingredients:
1 10-14 lb turkey
2 small to medium apples, quartered
1 small onion, quartered
2 teaspoons dried marjoram
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 teaspoon caraway seeds

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400. Loosely stuff the turkey with the onions and apples. In a small bowl, whisk together the marjoram, olive oil, garlic and caraway seeds. Rub the mixture over the turkey.


Roast the turkey for 30 minutes, then turn the oven down to 325 until done, about 2 1/2 hrs. Allow to sit 5 minutes before carving.


My thoughts:
I came up with this recipe to coordinate with my Polish-American stuffing. I used a lot of the flavors found in Polish cooking especially the garlic in marjoram that is in my favorite sausage. I think the apple keeps them turkey moist and lightly flavors the meat from within. I don't know if it is the spices I used or what but this was honestly the most beautiful turkey I've ever made. It was perfectly golden brown, the skin was crisp and  it just looked like a picture from a magazine when I took it out of the oven. Amazing. The meat was juicy and flavorful as well. Perhaps my best turkey yet!