Every cook has his or her opinion about how a turkey should be prepared and whether it should be roasted, fried, smoked, etc. At Challenge, we prefer a traditional roasted turkey prepped with one of our favorite homemade compound butters. A seasoned compound butter will enhance the flavor of your turkey, lock in moisture, and provide the base for richer, more sophisticated pan gravy. We recommend either the Smoked Paprika and Fennel Seed Butter or the aromatic Herb Butter from our website. Or, you could use similar compound butter techniques to create your own.
Prepare your compound butter and let it stand at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes before prepping your turkey. After you have rinsed and patted your turkey dry with a paper towel, slide your hand under the skin starting at the neck and work your way over the breast, carefully separating the skin from the meat as you go. Rub three to four tablespoons of the seasoned butter under the skin and over the breast. Rub additional butter mixture over the entire outside of the turkey (if the turkey seems too wet for the butter to adhere to, place it in the oven for 15 minutes then baste or rub it all over with the seasoned butter). Be sure to discard any leftover butter that has come in contact with the raw bird.
Cook the turkey according to the recipe and brush or spoon pan drippings over the turkey every 30 minutes. The end result should be a golden brown, moist and delicious turkey.
posted on November 23, 2011