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Healthy Recipes > Main Dishes > Savory Brined Turkey

Savory Brined Turkey

Cook Time

1.5 hours


Savory Brined Turkey

Publish Date: November 13, 2013

Combine 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons pepper, and 1 tablespoon thyme in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Pour into a large bowl; cool to room temperature. Add remaining 6 cups water, salt, honey, and sugar, stirring until salt and sugar dissolve. Pour salt mixture into a 2-gallon zip-top plastic bag. Add ice and turkey; seal. Refrigerate 24 hours, turning the bag occasionally. Remove turkey from bag, and discard brine. Pat turkey dry with paper towels.

Rub turkey with oil. Combine 1 tablespoon pepper and 1 teaspoon dried thyme; rub over turkey. Preheat oven to 400° F. Place the turkey on a roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° F for 1 hour or until thermometer inserted into thickest portion of the breast registers 180° F. Place turkey on a platter. Cover with foil; let stand 15 minutes. Garnish with thyme sprigs if desired.

Makes 12 servings. Serving size 4.0 ounces.

Nutritional Breakdown (per serving):

Note: roughly 10% of the brine is absorbed; brine ingredients are figured at 10%.
Calories 204, Fat 7.5 grams, Protein 30.5 grams, Sodium 297 mg, Carbohydrates 1.5 grams, Fiber 0 grams

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