1 14-16 lb turkey
4 cloves garlic
1 small onion, quartered
2 teaspoons dehydrated minced onion
1-2 teaspoons dehydrated minced garlic
1-2 teaspoon(s) sesame seeds
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup olive oil
Preheat oven to 400. Loosely stuff the turkey with the onions and garlic. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and spices. 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.
Is it too early to post this year’s turkey recipe? I hope not! In keeping with the Thanksgivukkah theme, I covered my turkey in all of the seeds and spices you would normally find on the “Everything” bagel. Oh, yes, a bagel themed turkey! It really isn’t as odd it sounds because basically what makes an everything bagel just that is the mixture of seeds and seasonings (rumored to be what was leftover from making other bagels, hence the everything moniker) which of course can easily top a turkey! The olive oil really helps crisp up the skin and give it a lovely brown color and the seeds and seasonings really permeated the meat of the turkey. It didn’t taste too bagel-y (it is meat after all!) but perfectly seasoned. And I am no food scientist the method I shared here always leaves me with a lovely turkey with browned skin, juicy breast meat and perfectly done dark.