I defrosted it and decided to share with you how I quickly prepare a turkey piece for roasting.
Hopefully, this will take the fright out of roasting meat and help you on your way to becoming a stellar chef or an even more experienced chef in your own kitchen, baking and cooking from scratch.
Now, turkey isn’t just for holidays & occasions. In fact, it’s delicious just about any time, and you can change up the seasonings so it doesn’t always have to taste like a Thanksgiving recipe, but if you’re wanting to celebrate the holidays with a smaller piece of meat instead of a whole bird, you may do so just like this as well with a turkey quarter, or with a nice turkey breast, preparing & roasting in the same manner.
Type: Main Dish
Serve With: mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, gravy, and/or stuffing!
Prep Time: 7 min
Cook Time: ~ 1 hour
Yield: Serves 2-3 people
Please watch the video below to see how to prepare the turkey quarter before roasting it:
- 1 turkey quarter – defrosted, rinsed & patted dry
- 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp poultry seasoning
- After defrosting your meat, which is best done by allowing the meat to naturally defrost in the refrigerator or on the counter, but if you’re in a hurry like I was, you can always use the handy microwave to gently defrost your meat.
- I rinse it off under cold water, and pat it dry with paper towels.
- Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
- In whatever roasting pan you desire to roast your poultry in, coat turkey with olive oil or butter and start layering some flavors by sprinkling pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, poultry seasoning, even onion powder, garlic powder, seasoning salts or lemon pepper – whatever flavors you’re looking for. Tonight I used pepper, salt, cayenne, paprika, and poultry seasoning.
- Allow to brown skin in oven on 500 for 5-7 minutes. Take out of oven, cover with aluminum foil lightly on top.
- Reduce heat to 325-350 degrees and roast until internal temperature of turkey is 190 on the reading of a meat thermometer. If you have to eyeball it, juices should run clear when sliced near joint, and leg should be loose and free from thigh when properly roasted and cooked to the proper internal temperature.
- Enjoy with gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables and/or stuffing!
I hope you enjoy this Turkey Recipe on Cooking with Kimberly. Until next time…
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