Island Bird

A friendly twist on an old favorite.

Directions:

  1. Defrost turkey according to package instructions.
  2. Remove all innards from the turkey cavity and rinse with cold water inside and out. Pat dry both inside and out.
  3. In a large pot, boil apple cider, salt, orange rinds and juice. Set aside to cool. Pour into a clean 5-gallon bucket.
  4. When cool, add ice, one gallon of cold water and then turkey, making sure to fill cavity with liquid. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 325°.
  6. Drain turkey and pat dry inside and out. Discard remaining brine.
  7. Arrange turkey, breast side up, on a roasting rack in a roasting pan. Loosely stuff turkey cavity with Island Stuffing. Pour 2 cups of water in bottom of pan.
  8. Melt butter in a saucepan with pineapple juice and cook 2 minutes. Set aside. Add salt and pepper.
  9. Truss legs together with butcher's twine, then brush the turkey with the melted butter mixture.
  10. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, occasionally basting the turkey with pan drippings. Cover with foil when the bird starts to brown.

Recipe courtesy of Chef Alyssa,
ALDI Test Kitchen

Ingredients:

10-14 pound Butterball Frozen Turkey*

1 gallon Nature’s Nectar Apple Cider*

1 1/2 cups Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt

2 oranges, halved and juiced

5-pound bag ice

1 gallon cold water

1 stick (1/2 cup) Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter

Pineapple juice (reserved from Island Stuffing)

2 tablespoons Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt

1 tablespoon Stonemill Essentials Ground Black Pepper

Island Stuffing - see recipe

2 cups water

*These are Seasonal items that are only in stores for a limited time and may no longer be available.


Prep Time:
30 minutes

Cook Time:
3 hours - 3 hours, 30 minutes or more

Total Time:
3 hours, 30 minutes - 4 hours or more


Servings:
12