Orange-Ginger-Miso Turkey with Roasted Vegetables

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Give even a standard supermarket turkey an extra flavor kick.
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Step 1: Make miso paste

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2-4 large scoops miso paste
grated ginger
grated garlic
sesame oil
orange zest
dash soy sauce

Combine all ingredients to make a soft paste. Taste it and adjust seasonings- this will flavor your bird, so make sure it's to your liking.

Step 2: Find turkey and pan

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Get yourself a nice turkey*, and a pan with plenty of room for it to sit.

I've got a very small (8 lb) turkey, and a rather large pan that can accommodate a much larger bird. Yours can fit more snugly.

*There are many varieties to choose from. The standard production turkey is a Broad Breasted White, which has such a large breast that mating is impossible and all birds are the product of artificial insemination. There are also "heritage" breeds of turkey such as the Bourbon Red, Bronze, and Narragansett, which have smaller breasts but generally more flavorful meat.. Any of these can be raised free-range, which usually results in lower fat content, more dark meat, and larger/stronger bones. These features usually cost more, unfortunately.

Step 3: Rub and stuff

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Rub the miso paste under the turkey's skin as described in this previous version of the recipe. Stuff orange slices and onions under the skin as well.

Place the turkey in the pan, and surround it with chopped onions, root vegetables (carrots, regular or sweet potatoes, celery root, parsnips, etc), tomatoes, parsley, and pepper.

If you're using a low-fat bird (heritage or true free-range turkey) then drizzle the veggies with olive oil and stir to coat. This will prevent them from sticking and burning. A regular production turkey will drop plenty of liquid.
Liam Wolf6 years ago
=/ Everything looks so good, I'm turning 18 in about 6 months and I plan on moving out of my dads house in a timeframe of 2-8 months after that. This was great help for me learning how to cook.
westfw8 years ago
It's getting to be the time when grocery stores offer turkeys as "loss leaders"; selling them at insanely low prices ($6 for up to 16lb, according to the safeway ad in front of me), in the hopes that that will lure you into doing your holiday food shopping there rather than some other store. If you've got the freezer space and are on a budget, consider stocking up. If you haven't got the freezer space, it might be worth disecting a couple into more compact parts. Consider it disaster preparedness - a frozen turkey in a sealed freezer will stay at healthy storage temperatures for quite a long time (several days) (as you may have discovered the first time you tried to thaw a frozen turkey for a holiday meal, like I did...)
turkey tek8 years ago
very nice photo-doc and a beautiful bird!

have you ever tried constructing the thompson turkey ?