How to Roast a Turkey, Middle Eastern Style

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Authorksalman
RatingDifficultyIntermediate

An amazing Middle Eastern style of roasting turkey. It has a deeply satisfying aroma that is a bit different compared to the sweet flavors coming along with American turkey recipes.

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time2 hrsTotal Time2 hrs 30 mins

 1/2 cup of water
 1/4 cup coarse salt
 1 teaspoon cardamom, grounded
 1 teaspoon garlic powder
 1 teaspoon onion powder
 1 teaspoon ginger, grounded
Butter Mixture:
 1 cup soft butter
 1 tablespoon paprika
 1 tablespoon garlic powder
 1 tablespoon fine salt
Vegetables:
 2 medium carrots, chopped
 1 medium sliced ​​potato
 1 celery stick
 1 sliced ​​onion
 10 cloves of garlic
Hashweh Rice (Optional):

1

In a cup, put water, cardamom, salt, garlic, onions and ginger. Stir to dissolve the salt, then inject the turkey with this mixture. If you do not have an injection tool, you can put the mixture in the turkey cavity and distribute it inside several times, then let it dry and then re-distribute it so that the turkey meat can absorb it as much as possible. .

2

Butter Mixture: In a dish, put the butter, paprika, garlic and salt. Mix it well.

3

Spread the butter mixture over the turkey, then rub it well. (For the success of this step it is preferable that the skin of the turkey be dry).

4

Stuff the turkey with the vegetables.

5

 Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.

6

Bring the oven tray and place a cooking grate on it. Place the turkey on the grate without covering it and cook until the turkey is golden brown.

7

Reduce the oven temperature to 350 F. Place a piece of aluminum foil on top of the turkey, but without seals. After a while, you will notice liquid dripping from the turkey. Using a brush, redistribute this liquid to the turkey several times. Cook the turkey for two hours or more, depending on the weight of the turkey, until it is cooked. In some types of turkeys , you find a small piece of plastic attached to the turkey’s chest. When it is well cooked, it comes outward, indicating that it is ready.

8

Allow the turkey to rest for about 15 minutes before cutting or serving,

Serving the Turkey with Rice (optional):
9

Place cooked rice in a large serving tray and garnish with your preferred fried nuts such as (almonds, pistachio, pine nuts, cashew).

Note: You can find the link to the rice recipe in the ingredients section.

10

If your tray is large enough you can place the turkey in the middle, or you can place it on a separate tray. Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients

 1/2 cup of water
 1/4 cup coarse salt
 1 teaspoon cardamom, grounded
 1 teaspoon garlic powder
 1 teaspoon onion powder
 1 teaspoon ginger, grounded
Butter Mixture:
 1 cup soft butter
 1 tablespoon paprika
 1 tablespoon garlic powder
 1 tablespoon fine salt
Vegetables:
 2 medium carrots, chopped
 1 medium sliced ​​potato
 1 celery stick
 1 sliced ​​onion
 10 cloves of garlic
Hashweh Rice (Optional):

Directions

1

In a cup, put water, cardamom, salt, garlic, onions and ginger. Stir to dissolve the salt, then inject the turkey with this mixture. If you do not have an injection tool, you can put the mixture in the turkey cavity and distribute it inside several times, then let it dry and then re-distribute it so that the turkey meat can absorb it as much as possible. .

2

Butter Mixture: In a dish, put the butter, paprika, garlic and salt. Mix it well.

3

Spread the butter mixture over the turkey, then rub it well. (For the success of this step it is preferable that the skin of the turkey be dry).

4

Stuff the turkey with the vegetables.

5

 Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.

6

Bring the oven tray and place a cooking grate on it. Place the turkey on the grate without covering it and cook until the turkey is golden brown.

7

Reduce the oven temperature to 350 F. Place a piece of aluminum foil on top of the turkey, but without seals. After a while, you will notice liquid dripping from the turkey. Using a brush, redistribute this liquid to the turkey several times. Cook the turkey for two hours or more, depending on the weight of the turkey, until it is cooked. In some types of turkeys , you find a small piece of plastic attached to the turkey’s chest. When it is well cooked, it comes outward, indicating that it is ready.

8

Allow the turkey to rest for about 15 minutes before cutting or serving,

Serving the Turkey with Rice (optional):
9

Place cooked rice in a large serving tray and garnish with your preferred fried nuts such as (almonds, pistachio, pine nuts, cashew).

Note: You can find the link to the rice recipe in the ingredients section.

10

If your tray is large enough you can place the turkey in the middle, or you can place it on a separate tray. Enjoy 🙂

How to Roast a Turkey, Middle Eastern Style

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