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Gordon Ramsay Roast Turkey with Lemon Parsley and Garlic

Pinterest won't let me pin the recipe from: http://www.squidoo.com/gordon-ramsay-ultimate-christmas-recipes (saying there aren't images big enough), so I figured I'd convert the measurements/temperatures and try repinning from here.

Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Turkey Recipe

Serves: 8-10, Prep time: 30 mins, Total Time: 3 hours

Ingredients
  • 1 free-range turkey about 11-12 lbs
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 onions peeled and halved
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 1 head of garlic halved
  • 6 bay leaves
  • olive oil to drizzle
  • 8 strips of smoked bacon
  • 1½ cups butter at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • finely grated zest and juice of 2 small lemons
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • small bunch of chopped flat leaf parsley leaves
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 425 F. Meanwhile, prepare the herb butter. Put the butter into a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the olive oil and mix well. Add the lemon zest and juice, crushed garlic and chopped parsley. Mix well to combine.

Remove the giblets from the turkey cavity. Season the cavity well with salt and pepper, then stuff with the onions, lemon, garlic halves and 2 bay leaves.

With your hands, loosen the skin on the breast from both ends of the bird so that you will be able to stuff the flavored butter underneath it, making sure you keep the skin intact. Repeat with the skin on the legs - from the lower side of the breast feel your way under the skin and out towards the leg, loosening the gap.

Stuff half the butter mix into the opened spaces under the skin. From the outside of the skin, gently massage the butter around the breasts so that the meat is evenly covered. Finally, insert the rest of the bay leaves under the skin of the breasts.

Place the bird in a large roasting tray, breast side up. Spread the rest of the butter all over the skin. Season well with salt and pepper, then drizzle with a little olive oil. (If preparing a day ahead, cover the turkey with foil and refrigerate at this stage.)

Roast the turkey in the hot oven for 10-15 minutes. Take the tray out of the oven, baste the bird with the pan juices and lay the bacon strips over the breast to keep it moist. Baste again. Lower the setting to 350 F and cook for about 2½ hours (calculating at 30 minutes per 2lbs 3.2 oz), basting occasionally.

To test whether your turkey is cooked, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the leg and check that the juices are running clear, rather than pink. As oven temperatures and turkey shapes and sizes vary, it is crucial to check your turkey about 30 minutes before the calculated roasting time. If the juices are pink, roast for another 15 minutes and check again. Repeat as necessary until the turkey is cooked.

Transfer the turkey to a warmed platter and remove the parson's nose, wings and tips of the drumsticks; reserve these for the gravy. Leave the turkey to rest in a warm place for at least 45 minutes; make the gravy in the meantime. Remove the bay leaves from under the skin before carving. Serve the turkey with the piping hot gravy, stuffing and
accompaniments.

Full credit for Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Christmas turkey goes to Chef Gordon Ramsay.
Me 2015

Big friends list cut

I feel like a drama queen when I do a friends cut and post about it but I want to try to avoid hurt feelings.

I rarely get a chance to get on LJ anymore and I find myself getting behind very quickly. I'm only leaving those that I have on Facebook and maybe a couple of other folks here and there. It's not personal. It was so much easier to manage a big friends list when I was on LJ ALL the time. I didn't even bother renewing my paid account. I might if I find it easier with a smaller friends list.

So please don't take it personal. :(
Me 2015

Friends cut

Did some housekeeping on my friends list. If we never comment on each others post or you've stopped posting in many months or even years. No hard feelings. I don't have access to LJ like I used to and would rather tighten up the friends list.
Me 2015

The day

I barely got anything accomplished today. I did go grocery shopping. I put the groceries away and yelled at Gizmo for ripping a hole in the bag of bread. There was beef jerky in that bag and he goes for the Italian bread? What is wrong with him? lol

I got Frank & I some lunch and we watched "I Am Sam" on Verizon FIOS. I like Verizon a lot BUT there's selection of free movies really SUCK compared to Comcast. I will admit, I was in tears as it was getting closer to the time where he had to go to work. I know one thing is for sure, I'll be using my crock pot A LOT more than before. I usually get home at 4 and he has to head for work by 4:45. The crock will allow me enough time to make side dishes so we can still sit down & eat together. I'm going to take advantage of the alone time and try to make real progress in the house. I'm usually more productive on Saturdays while he's at work than I am when we're both home.

Ritz Camera has a deal on Tuesdays & Wednesdays where 4x6 prints are 6 cents each. I needed 2-5x7 photos. One of Frank & his Mom during the mother/son dance & one of my Mom & I the day of the wedding. I'm going to frame the pictures and give them to the Moms along with their photo books. Anyway, I was shocked how cheap 2-5x7s were.... $2.10 (and that's with 6% sales tax). I'm assuming that it was so cheap as part of the Tuesday & Wednesday sale for 4x6s because the guy at Ritz didn't understand why it was so cheap. He said their current promo is buy one enlargement, get another half off, normal price $1.99 each. My order was $1.98 before tax. And they were done in an hour (I uploaded them from home on their website). Sweet!

Frank's Mom called to ask how my Mom was and to check on me. Frank told her he was worried about me with his new shift. She said she wanted to invite me over for dinner but Pop-pay has a real bad cold and didn't want to risk me catching it (she's nervous enough that she's going to catch it from him). I thought that was sweet of her. She wants me to keep her posted about when my Mom will be staying with us so she can visit her. I love his parents.

Well, I'm going to go prepare tomorrow's dinner so all I'll have to do is take the crock pot out of the fridge, put it in the base, turn it on, cook it, and make a side dish when I get home. I'm trying lemon & herb roasted chicken.
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Me 2015

LJ Friends Cut

If you got cut today, it was for one of the following reasons: you rarely post and comment, I don't feel we have very much in common including views, or a combination of the two. Please don't take it personally.

Thank you.