SOURCE: Florida Builder Appliances

Florida Builder Appliances

November 10, 2011 10:50 ET

Two Ways to Turkey: Chef Suggests Dry-Rubs, Butterflying and Convection Cooking for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

POMPANO BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - Nov 10, 2011) - The savvy Thanksgiving chef will break with tradition, utilizing modern appliances and innovative cooking techniques that maximize flavor and minimize stress.

"If you are expecting a large party for Thanksgiving, prepare both a butterfly and a traditional turkey and roast them in the oven together," said Florida Builder Appliances Chef Rachelle Boucher. "Cooked in a convection oven, such as the KitchenAid® or Wolf®, the turkey will cook evenly, come out moist and golden all around, and in much less time than in a traditional bake setting."

Chef Rachelle suggests two ways to cook a turkey:

Traditional Turkey with Orange Spice Rub
Wash, dry and brush turkey with oil, giblets removed
Finely chop fresh sage, orange zest, nutmeg, ground coriander, kosher salt and fresh pepper
Sprinkle 1/3 cup spice mixture inside the turkey and sprinkle the remainder under the skip and all over the turkey
Place cut orange slices, onion slices and whole rosemary sprigs inside the turkey
Truss for moisture retention
Add wine and stock to the baking pan
For a 12-15 pound turkey, bake at 350° in a convection oven (375° if using a traditional oven)
Cook for 2 1/2 hours

Butterfly Turkey with Orange Spice Rub
To cook a turkey in half the time, remove the backbone and crack the breastbone so it's flat.
Flatten the turkey and put into the pan
Sprinkle the Orange Spice Rub (recipe above) all over the turkey
Truss for moisture retention
Cook at 350° in a convection oven (375° for traditional oven) for 1 1/2 hours
Remove, to a cutting board and rest for 30 minutes
Use the drippings for gravy

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Florida Builder Appliances ( is Florida's largest distributor of prestige brand appliances. A division of Sears Holding Corporation, Florida Builder Appliances has been in business since 1978, proudly serving building, remodeling and kitchen design industries and homeowners with six showrooms throughout the state.

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