We cannot think of a Christmas without a roasted turkey. Even the people who find it difficult to roast a turkey, loves to have a turkey roast. Today I am here with an easy, spicy and juicy turkey roast recipe that will fulfill your Christmas 2018Christmas Day is almost here and today I have an updated turkey recipe for all of you. This turkey recipe I'm about to share with you is so amazing. I tried it last year and it was such a hit so I know you guys will absolutely love it. So let's get started. First lets clear the ingredients.

Best Turkey Roast Recipe for Christmas 2018 - Spicy and Juicy
Juicy, Spicy Turkey Roast

Ingredients for Turkey Roast

  • Turkey (20 lbs)
  • Buttermilk (1 gallon)
  • Onions, sliced (2 large)
  • Garlic (12 cloves : use 8 for brine, 4 for spice mixture)
  • Poultry seasoning (3 TBS)
  • Salt (8 TBS : for the brine)
  • Black pepper (2 TBS : for the brine)

Spice mixture for the Turkey Roast

  • Fresh sage (4 TBS)
  • Fresh rosemary (4 TBS)
  • Butter (8 TBS : 1 stick)
  • Olive oil
  • Crushed ginger (2 TBS)
  • Salt and pepper (up to taste)
  • Lemons(2)

Other Ingredients for the Turkey Roast

  • Chicken broth (4 cups)
  • thick cut Bacon (1lb : 14 thick slices)
Stuff Turkey with
  • Fresh bay leaves (4)
  • Lemon (1)
  • Apple (1)
  • Onion (1)
Now as we are done with the ingredients lets start with the procedure.

Procedure of making the Turkey Roast

All right guys I have my turkey. Here I'm using a 20-pound turkey. Make sure you wash your turkey very well. And empty out the cavity. 

Best Turkey Roast Recipe for Christmas 2018 - Spicy and Juicy
Turkey Cavity Emptied Out

We're going to start by brining the turkey. Brining the turkey will infuse it with so much flavor. I have all my brine ingredients here with the base being buttermilk. Buttermilk will make the turkey very tender and juicy into the buttermilk. 

turkey roast recipe

I'm adding some sliced onions, some crushed garlic. I also have some poultry seasoning. Going in season with a generous amount of salt and black pepper then mix everything together next grab your turkey and place it in a turkey sized oven bag then pour the brine all over the turkey you also want to place the turkey in a plastic container to catch any leakage.

Just in case go ahead and seal the bag make sure you get all the air out then you're going to place the turkey in the fridge for 24 hours to marinate and soaking all those flavors and get very nice and tenderized. After 24 hours you're going to discard all the brine then get your turkey a quick rinse in the sink. Then pat it dry with a paper towel. 

Next you're going to use your fingers to separate the skin from the breast area. Because we're going to see them under the skin. I always season under the skin of my turkey because that gives it some extra good flavor. 

Once that is done set the turkey aside then we're going to put together the seasonings. For seasonings I'm using fresh herbs. I have some fresh sage and rosemary these are really good for poultry. I'm going to very finely chop them up. They smell so good together. 

Best Turkey Roast Recipe for Christmas 2018 - Spicy and Juicy
Seasoning Herbs

Go ahead and grab a handful and transfer it into some softened butter pour in some olive oil. Be very generous with that. Then in this bowl I have some crushed garlic and ginger. Go ahead and toss those right in. Add a good amount of salt and pepper. 

Turkey is a very huge bird so you want to season it very well. Next for some citric flavor we're going to zest and juice in some lemons. Go ahead and mix everything together and the spice. Make sure it smells too good. The turkey is going to be very delicious. 

Next grab your turkey and place a handful of the spice mixture under the skin then smear it all over the braced area. Make sure you get the spices in as many places under the skin as possible. Next you're going to smell the rest of the spice mixture all over the turkey. Get it all over the lace, the wings, the back everywhere should be seasoned including the cavity. 

Next we're going to stuff the cavity with things that are going to flavor the turkey. So I have some fresh bay leaves going in. A lemon, cut up apple and cut up onions all these ingredients are going to steam inside the turkey to boost the flavor. 

Best Turkey Roast Recipe for Christmas 2018 - Spicy and Juicy
Turkey Cavity Stuffed

Next go ahead and tie the legs together and don't forget to tuck the wings under. Because they'll burn if you leave them hanging out. Okay guys place the turkey into your baking pan. I am using a rock baking pan. 

Then you're going to pour some chicken broth into the pan and the chicken broth will create a steam around the turkey as it bakes. To keep it from drying once everything is put together we're going to roast this at 325 Fahrenheit for four hours to four and a half hours. And depending on how big your turkey is you want to bake it for twelve to fifteen minutes per pound with an internal temperature of 165 Fahrenheit. 

Halfway through the baking time you're going to take out your turkey and baste it with the drippings. That is going to keep your turkey from drying. Before this goes back in the oven we're going to wrap it with some bacon. The bacon will release a lot of fat around the turkey. The turkey will absorb the fat and get tender and even more flavorful. 

turkey roast recipe

If you don't like bacon you can simply wrap your turkey with aluminum foil and don't forget to baste your turkey every 30 minutes. 

And here it is fresh out of the oven looking luscious and smelling so so good. This turkey has a lot of flavor. The meat is really tender and it pulls apart so easily. 

I promise you. You guys will love this for Christmas 2018. it's a lot of steps but it's just once in a year. So why not? Lets enjoy this Christmas with our homemade turkey roast.

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