How do you best cook your organic, pasture-raised turkey? There is no single answer to this question, as every turkey, oven and cooking style is different. Whatever your preferred turkey recipe, keep in mind that turkey—heritage turkey, in particular—needs special attention, as it’s easy to overcook.
Here is a collection of roast turkey recipes that we think are interesting and just might fit into your Thanksgiving plans:
Roasted Heritage Turkey, from LocalHarvest
Heritage Turkey with Crisped Pancetta and Rosemary, from Epicurious
Roasted Heritage Turkey, from Martha Stewart
Roasted Heritage Turkey, from The Daily Meal
Roast Heritage Turkey, from Los Angeles Times
How to Cook a Pastured Turkey, from Mommypotamus
Cider-Brined Spatchcock Turkey, from Eating Well
Paleo Pastured Whole Turkey, from Paleo Plan
This Elmwood Stock Farm family recipe has been used to cook broad breasted turkey for three generations:
Clara Bell’s Holiday Turkey
20-pound farm-raised turkey
1 onion, quartered
2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
a few fresh herbs (thyme, parsley, bay leaf)
salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 T. butter
2 strips bacon, uncooked
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Remove the neck and giblets, and reserve for making gravy.
Rinse the room-temperature turkey with cold water, and pat dry. Place the turkey, breast-side up, into a roasting pan. Inside the cavity, insert the celery, onion and fresh herbs. Sprinkle the outside of the turkey liberally with salt and black pepper. Place small pieces of butter across top of turkey. Place bacon on outside of turkey, making an x on top. Add about 4 cups water to the pan. Cover or tent with foil, and put in oven.
Estimate 15 minutes per pound, but use the thermometer to know turkey is done. Once every hour, use pan juices to baste. Begin checking for doneness one hour prior to estimated finish time. Remove cover last 30-40 minutes to brown the skin. Your turkey is done when thermometer reaches 170-175 degrees F. Remove from oven, and let rest at least 20 minutes prior to carving to ensure juiciness.