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Garlic Herb-Brined Turkey

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18 servings

If you've never tried making a brined turkey before—this is the one to try. Get out the garlic and fresh herbs and discover how easy it can be.

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  • Remove neck and giblets from turkey cavities; discard or reserve for another use. Place turkey in plastic brining bag or turkey-size oven bag.
  • Bring 3 qt. water, salt, garlic, onions and herbs to boil in 8-qt. stockpot on high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add ice water and dressing; stir until ice is melted. Slowly pour over turkey in bag; tightly close bag. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or up to 16 hours.
  • Remove turkey from bag; discard bag and brine. Pat turkey dry with paper towels. Let stand at room temperature 30 min.
  • Heat oven to 425ºF. Place turkey on rack in roasting pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 20 min. Reduce oven temperature to 375ºF. Melt butter; brush onto turkey.
  • Bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until turkey is done (165ºF). Transfer to cutting board; tent with foil. Let stand 15 min. before carving.


When brining, select a fresh turkey or one that has not been injected with a solution, or the turkey and drippings will be too salty.

Food Facts

For a crispy skin, avoid basting the turkey for the last 30 min. of the baking time.

Special Extra

For extra flavor and moisture in the cooked turkey, place a stalk of celery and/or cut-up apple in the turkey cavity before baking the turkey.

How to Use the Turkey Neck and Giblets

The turkey neck and giblets can be used to make soup stock or gravy. If unable to use within a few days, freeze until ready to use.


  • 18 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 18 servings
Calories 330
Total fat 15g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 180mg
Sodium 550mg
Carbohydrate 0g
Dietary fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 46g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 2 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 10 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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