Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How to Quick Brine a Gluten Free Turkey


I've never been a huge fan of turkey breast... until now. It wasn't until I decided to take the plunge and try a "brine" on a turkey breast did I understand what all the fuss was about.

It makes some durn good turkey!

I think the reason I never really liked turkey breast meat was because it was always incredibly dry to me. Dark meat has always been my favorite, but now I think that might just change.

Brining a turkey breast doesn't have to be a chore. Thanks to my friend Holly I learned a super quick & easy method of brining. You'll still need about 8-12 hours to allow the turkey to soak in all the goodness from the brine, but actually making the brining bath can be super easy:




Easy Brine for a 7-8 pound Turkey Breast:
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons peppercorns
2-3 tablespoons dried onion flakes
2 teaspoons dried garlic powder
Whatever other spices/flavors you want to add: apple cider, orange peels, bay leaves, etc...

Fill a large stockpot about halfway full of hot, filtered tap water. Add the salt and stir it up until the salt has dissolved in the water. Add all the other ingredients and then add several bowlfuls of ice to completely cool the water. Add your turkey breast to the stockpot. Add enough cold water to cover (if you don't have enough already. Place the stock pot in the fridge for 12-24 hours before cooking the turkey.

To Roast the Turkey Breast:
Remove the turkey breast from the brine. Rinse it off with cold water and pat it dry. Place in a large roasting pan, breast side up. Rub the meat & skin of the turkey with melted butter. Roast for 20 minutes per pound in a preheated 350 degree oven. (Some people say that's too high a temp to roast a turkey, but it's always worked fine for me! I'm a little nervous to roast it at a much lower temp due to food safety issues.) To help the turkey brown, make a basting mixture of 1/2 cup melted butter (I used ghee), 3 tablespoons maple syrup, 3 tablespoons soy sauce (or soy sauce substitute like coconut aminos or chickpea miso tamari -- this is what I used!). Pour or brush basting sauce over the turkey after 30 minutes of roasting and then baste the turkey again every 30 minutes or so until the turkey breast has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

The drippings & basting mixture make a really awesome gravy too! :-)

To Make Gravy:
Pour pan drippings/basting mixture from turkey into a medium sized pot. Whisk in about 1/4 cup of sorghum flour or brown rice flour. When the mixture starts to thicken slowly whisk in 2-3 cups of gluten free vegetable or chicken stock. Because the basting mixture uses maple syrup & the soy sauce (or soy sauce substitute like I used) it should be naturally a rich brown color. Whisking the gravy constantly will help you to have a smooth delicious gravy. If you need to thicken the broth more, mix about a tablespoons of brown rice or sorghum flour into about 1/4 cup of additional broth, until it's smooth and then add it into the gravy, so you won't have lumps!

For an excellent video gravy tutorial, visit Gluten Free Girl & The Chef!

Happy Gluten Free Thanksgiving Everyone!

Carrie
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2 comments:

  1. Rumor has it that some folks haunt the Thrift Stores for old Gatorade drink coolers to use as dedicated brine tanks. If you go that route, not only is there a handy dandy spigot for draining the liquid contents, but once you ice and cover that puppy you don't have to find room for it in your fridge.

    Yes, it is brilliant. I agree!

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  2. Okay, I realize some people might think of this as travesty or worse - but the whole idea of roasting an entire turkey, IMHO, is a little goofy. After all, different parts of the bird cook best at different times and temperatures. That's why there were so many dry birds across this country last week. Nobody starts off putting the bird in the oven wanting it to be dry. But trying to roast it all at the same time means the white meat is more likely to be overcooked - and the dark meat undercooked.

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Carrie

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