From the Shipt Holiday Kitchen: Aubry H.’s Herb Crusted Citrus Infused Roasted Turkey
From the Shipt Kitchen in partnership with Coca-Cola
No two Thanksgiving tables look alike. Sure, you might find some combination of turkey, potatoes, and pumpkin at many dinner tables across the country, but it’s the stories and traditions behind them that make the meal so special. In the spirit of the holidays, we put a call out to our shoppers for their tried and true family recipes. The dishes that have a place at the table year in and year out. The ones the kids wait all year to enjoy. The ones that tell us something about who our shoppers are or where they came from. Whether these recipes are passed down through generations or a twist on a classic, Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without them. What resulted is a virtual potluck of some of our favorite stories and dishes from shoppers across our cities. We’re thankful to have them — and you — at the Shipt table. Let’s eat!
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Aubry H.’s Herb Crusted Citrus Infused Roasted Turkey
Aubry’s go-to turkey recipe combines her favorite aspects of deli turkey with her mom’s old recipe to create the centerpiece for a homemade feast. She first made the turkey when she and her new husband offered to host Thanksgiving for the first time. It must have been a success, because they’ve made it every year for the last 9 years!
“My parents recently retired and moved to Tennessee, so this will be the first year we do Thanksgiving without them and start new traditions,” Aubry says. When she was growing up, her family would go around the table and share something each person was thankful for. It’s a tradition she now passes down to her kids. “We’ve moved our tradition of giving thanks to the whole month of November as a way to encourage an attitude of gratitude.”
After Aubry’s family grew with the birth of her 4-year-old twins, she and her husband have found an increased importance in stepping back to enjoy the little moments at each stage of their kids’ lives. With a true “attitude of gratitude” this year, they’re adding even more guests to their table.
“We live in Houston, and a lot of our friends were severely affected by Hurricane Harvey. As we were luckily not, we’ve made it a priority to do small things for others to help out when we can,” Aubry says. This year, her family has invited friends who are still recovering from the hurricane to join them for the holidays. “Not only will that mean we have a full table, but we can share food, time, and space with others.”
“I always use a roasting bag, it’s something I adopted from my mother’s original recipe and I swear it guarantees the turkey is never undercooked. It’s important to poke holes in the bag to let the moisture escape and allow the roasting to happen.”
- 14-16 pound fresh turkey
- 8 oz good quality unsalted butter, softened
- Fresh rosemary and thyme
- Cara Cara oranges
- 2 lemons
- 2 center celery stalks with leaves
- 4 shallots
- 1 head of raw garlic
- Freshly ground coarse salt and black pepper
- Oven safe roasting pan
- Turkey-sized roasting bag
- Kitchen twine
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Zest all the citrus, chop 1/2 cup herbs, combine in small bowl with softened butter, 1 tablespoon salt & 1/2 tablespoon Pepper. Set aside.
- Place rack in roasting pan. Open roasting bag, roll opening back. Set in pan. Cut head of garlic and shallots in half, lengthwise. Place in bottom of bag with celery and leaves.
- Using your fingers, loosen turkey skin from meat. Grab dollops of compound butter and push it in under the skin to cover meat. Place turkey in bag on top of veggies. Tuck wings under. Top turkey skin with any remaining compound butter, melted.
- Cut citrus into wedges and season with salt and pepper. Place in large cavity with rest of herbs on stems. Tie legs together and close bag, securing with included tie. Put digital thermometer probe at center of breast.
- Pull roasting bag up away from turkey. Poke 3-4 holes for steam to escape. Roast for 2 hours at 350F. Then turn oven up to 400F for remaining 15-30 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 170F. Remove from oven and let sit. The turkey will continue cooking as juices redistribute!
Easy Citrus Herb Gravy:
- In saucepan over medium, combine 4 tablespoon butter & flour. Using whisk, stir and let melt and brown slightly.
- Poor in cooking liquid from turkey bag. Let thicken and taste for seasoning. Enjoy!