Citrus & Herb Brined Roasted Turkey

This gorgeous Citrus & Herb Brined Roasted Turkey graced our Thanksgiving table last year. Let me share the brine ingredients with you.

Tif's Roasted Citrus Brined Turkey 2014

My youngest daughter is the turkey roasting guru in our family. She’s an excellent cook. I love it when she makes Shrimp-n-grits for us! I shared her beautiful southern wedding which took place in an antebellum mansion here.

Tiffany likes to season food with citrus and herb combinations. There is no actual recipe, just a list of ingredients used. You can tailor your brine accordingly.

Turkey brine

Citrus & Herb Turkey Brine Ingredients

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Celery

Juice the lemons and use the juice in the turkey

Tif likes to juice a few lemons and oranges to add the juice to the brine. You could use whatever you have as a strainer to prevent the seeds from getting into the juice.

Place the bird into your brine pot and cover with water. Add your brine ingredients.

Turkey brine ingredients citrus, veggie & herb

Do you see the turkey buried underneath all of those yummy flavors marinating in the brine? It’s usually really cold around Thanksgiving so once the turkey is in the brine, the pot goes out on the deck overnight. The lid is fastened down tight and we just hope there isn’t a freeze! We used our turkey deep fryer pot for brining the turkey.

Prepare the turkey for

Prepare your turkey for stuffing. Here in the south, when we say we are going to stuff the turkey, we mean with fruits and vegetables. Notice in the photo below how those delicious additions of flavor are spilling out of the perfectly roasted bird.

Turkey prep hack

Roll out a generous amount of plastic wrap to cover your work surface. Once you’re done, it rolls up onto itself for easy clean up!

Citrus & Herb brined

Always reserve several pieces of fruit to adorn the serving platter. This Citrus & Herb Brined Roasted Turkey disappeared completely. There were no leftovers.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The special time with family and friends  is what I look forward to all year. We all have our favorite dishes but nothing beats the time we spend enjoying relaxed conversation with family.

What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?

Citrus & Herb Brined Roasted

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Hi, I'm Shirley; recipe creator, enthusiastic crafter, even more enthusiastic beginner sewist, flower gardener, and penny pincher from way back.
I'm in love with God, my husband, my two girls and all of my precious grandchildren.
I was 'raised right' in the south and am a firm believer in the Golden Rule. My favorite verse is Romans 8:28.
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