Roasted Apple Butter Turkey with Turkey Bacon Scalloped Potatoes

Roasted Apple Butter Turkey with Turkey Bacon Scalloped Potatoes

Roasted Apple Butter Turkey with Turkey Bacon Scalloped Potatoes

Roasted Apple Butter Turkey with Turkey Bacon Scalloped Potatoes

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 lbs (5.5 kg) whole turkey, insides removed
  • 1 batch homemade apple butter or store-bought!
  • 2 cups water or broth

Brine

  • 1 1/4 cups salt
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 18 cups cold water
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 limes, halved
  • 2 apples, halved
  • 4 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 onion, halved

Scalloped Potatoes

  • 8 slices turkey bacon, sliced into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 lbs potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. whole grain coarse mustard
  • 2 cups + 1 cups grated cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

Brine

    1. Combine 6 cups cold water with sugar and salt in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until salt and sugar have dissolved (no need to boil!) Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
    2. Combine remaining water and ingredients into a large stock pot or special brining bag. Pour water/sugar/salt mixture in. Add turkey and weigh down to fully submerge it if necessary (depending on your pot, you may need to make another half-batch of brine.)
    3. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
    4. Remove turkey and pat dry. Allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator again (you want it to basically dry completely! No need to cover.)

Turkey

    1. Preheat oven to 450F. Place turkey into roasting pan and pour water or broth down below (turkey isn’t super fatty so we want something to baste with.)
    2. Place into oven, uncovered, and lower heat to 350F. Cook for 1 hour, remove to baste. If wings are looking dark, you can cover them with aluminum foil. Return to oven and roast for 30 more minutes; baste again. Cook for another 30 minutes, and baste. Cook time is 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or when your breast reaches 170F.
    3. Remove from pan and wrap in aluminum foil. Allow to rest for at least 20 minutes before slicing!
    4. Serve with apple butter over top of turkey meat.

Turkey Bacon Scalloped Potatoes

  1. Place a large frying pan over medium-heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Heat a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add in butter, waiting until it melts and is bubbling before adding flour. Whisk very frequently for about 5 minutes, or until the roux has deepened in colour. Add garlic in the last minute and cook until aromatic.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, cream, salt, pepper, cayenne, oregano, and mustard. Pour into roux, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil and add 2 cups of cheese. Stir until melted and blended. Remove from heat.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  5. Place in enough potatoes to cover the bottom. Add some sauce and sprinkle with bacon. Repeat again until no potatoes or sauce remains (I save a bit extra sauce to pour over the top potatoes for extra coverage and creaminess.) Reserve some bacon and cheese for topping.
  6. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, uncovered until potatoes are soft. In the last 10 minutes, top with bacon and cheese!
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