Thanksgiving is this week, and many of us are still trying to nail down the menu for the big day. For most of us, the main attraction is Turkey, but where the decision comes in is how to cook that Turkey. Turkey cooked on a smoker with a little apple wood is my favorite, and will definitely be our preferred method for this year, especially since we have been on a diet for the last 5 months. But, we are planning to do a second Turkey also, and this one will be fried.
On an earlier article I did a write up on a Turkey fryer from Butterball, and that is what we will use, that piece of equipment is a no-brainer as far as I am concerned. But for this roughing it with the big pot over a gas flame, be very careful, here are a few things to keep your eye on;
1. The temperature, using a long deep fryer thermometer, you need to monitor the temp, and 350 would be the desired temp for the Turkey fryer.
2. Try to use 100% Peanut Oil, it has a high burn point, and imparts a lighter flavor than many other vegetable oils, and it’s not bad for you.
3. When you lowering the Turkey into the fryer, a good thing to do is turn the gas flame way down, or off until the Turkey is submerged, then turn the flame back up.
4. Make sure not to over fill the fryer with oil.
5. Last but not least, you will want to let the Turkey rest for about 10- 15 minutes when you take it out of the fryer before you carve it.
Here is a basic recipe below, including the injection.
Deep Fried Turkey
1 – 10 to 12 pound turkey
Peanut Oil (for Fryer)
(mix with wire whisk until ingredients are dissolved)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon ground bay leaf
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1 – tbls – salt
1 – tbls – pepper
(We use HomeBBQ.com Black Jack Rub)
Clean turkey and remove all giblets from cavity.
Oil outside of turkey with olive oil
Season outside, inside cavity of turkey with desired seasoning.
Heat oil to desired temp (350 degrees)
Cook uncovered for (3 to 4 minutes per pound) until the breast reaches 160 –165
And thigh reaches 175 to 180.
Let stand for a minimum of 10 to 15 minutes, carve and serve…
As the Holidays are literally around the corner, we are all faced with the holiday meals that need to be prepared. For most of us, its Turkey, and just in time for the holidays, Butterball and Masterbuilt have put out an electric Turkey fryer, that can actually be used indoors.
As many know, twice a month we teach cooking classes at All Grills and More in Oviedo, FL, and at this last one, we focused on cooking Turkey. As part of this class we deep fried a Turkey, and it gave us an opportunity to give this machine a try. First, I have to say its 100 times more attractive than a big pot on a gas burner. Second, you fill it to the line with oil, turn it on, and it gets to the right temperature on its own, no monitoring the temp with a candy thermometer. Third, it has a lid, this makes it a whole lot safer than the common alternative. These 3 reasons alone make it highly worth the price, and along with the other 3 reasons, you put your Turkey in basket, lower into the fryer (carefully), and set the timer.. That is it, come back (after the Turkey has cooked at 3.5 to 4 minutes per pound) and you have a dynamite fried Turkey.
Just to let you know what we used, was a 13lb Turkey, 10 to 12lb would be best in this machine, even though it says it can handle up to 14lbs. The breast on ours was slightly above the oil (submerged). We also used Peanut Oil, which is the most popular deep frying oil mainly because of its high burn point, which makes it much safer than many. But, there are also many other reasons as well, it imparts a lighter, pleasant flavor to foods, and it is healthier than most. Don’t get me wrong, eating fried foods is not good for you, but you can at least use a healthy oil, and Peanut Oil fits that bill.
If you normally fry Turkey’s, or are thinking about it, you need the Butterball Turkey Fryer By Masterbuilt. Especially for the price, you will be happy you did. Rating (5 out of 5 stars)
(Just click the link below, to purchase at Amazon.com)