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Holiday Turkey

ok…this has to be one of the best turkey recipes I have Ever found….and the story behind it is pretty good too:)

I had a friend (i say had because I haven’t seen her in YEARS)…who was single. cooking and the kitchen were not really her specialty.  one year, she came home from visiting family boasting about this magnificent turkey recipe….she cooked it for us on New Year’s day…I asked for the recipe…she said no, it was a family secret and I could not have it….ok…I don’t know about you, but when someone tells me that, I am determined to find it or figure it out :D.   She would not tell me ANYthing…I remember it tasting almost cajun, and it was soooo yummy.  I tried to  let it go.   Fast forward a year or two down the road.  She was moving.  Needed help with packing.  She put me in charge of packing up the kitchen, ‘since I was a natural in the kitchen and all’.  well, I was packing away, just minding my own business, and went to the top of the refrigerator.  ALLLLL these papers came pouring down…and wouldn’t ya know it?  that recipe for the turkey was RIGHT on the top of the stack….ah, my luck…..well, I knew she did not want me to have this recipe, so copying it was out of the question…so I wrote the main parts on my hand…yep…I was determined to get it….but what i didn’t count on was the sweat washing some of it off…..when I realized that had happened, I read it and re-read it and repeated it to myself so much I memorized it.  I went home and quickly wrote it out.  I didn’t make it until the next Holiday season, so I was going off a pregnant and nursing mama’s memory…not much there–so it became my own rendition…

I did change the original recipe a tad bit…it called for 2 bottles of squeeze margarine….YUK!!!!! (in my humble opinion)….so I used butter instead….and when we had it, it was not as cajun tasting as I remember, but it was a HIT…and we have it EVERY Thanksgiving and EVERY Christmas….almost without fail….we are not even turkey eaters and my kids BEG for this turkey.  the leftovers are not your typical make-a-soup kind.  BUT, we hardly have any left overs after one meal after Thanksgiving.

Holiday Turkey

  • 1 turkey, thawed (we use a HUGE one)
  • 4 heads of garlic
  • Lawry’s seasoned salt–must be Lawry’s
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 2 bottles of white cooking wine (you could use just 1, but it makes more gravy and we never have enough–or you could use regular wine–I don’t know how to buy that, so I get this)

Peel all the cloves of garlic.  Take a knife and pierce the meat of  turkey and put cloves, one at a time into the meat.  Cover the turkey with the inserts of cloves of garlic.  It will look like it has mumps or something.  Rub the  inside of the turkey with some of the seasoned salt and put into roaster.  Pour the wine in the bottom of the roaster and place all the butter in bottom of pan.  Cook at 325, basting every 15 minutes with  wine, butter, and drippings,  and then sprinkle with seasoned salt, until  tested done.


Pour all juices from pan into sauce pan.  Blend 1/4 c. cornstarch and  water together and blend with juices.  Cook over medium heat until thickened. I slice turkey and put some of the gravy over meat and leave extra on  table for potatoes and biscuits.  YUM!!!!!!!

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Erika B - November 9, 2010 - 6:55 am

Wow, that is a truly original and very beautiful plate!

Erika B

ginny - November 9, 2010 - 7:00 am

thank you. I love it! I really don’t have many things like this and one year, I made little plates for grandma’s using thumbprints. I got a tad bit selfish and decided I needed my own keepsake of my children. It is something I have and will cherish through the years. Its 8 years old now and I am missing 2 hands–not sure there would have been room for them, but my oldest was not living at home any longer and my youngest was in my belly…another picture…me walking around this ceramic shop with 7 children, huge belly…truly a bull in a china shop….

Sallie - November 9, 2010 - 7:54 am

Love that platter!! It’s awesome!!

Nancy at Coneflower Ranch - November 9, 2010 - 9:17 am

I’m totally trying this on the turkey we are having this weekend for our early Thanksgiving celebration with my parents!

ginny - November 9, 2010 - 10:07 am

you will HAVE to tell me how you like it! My kids are already talking about eating ours!!!

Nancy at Coneflower Ranch - November 14, 2010 - 10:08 am

Hi Ginny! Turkey is in the oven now and my house smells amazing!

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