2. Roasted Turkey with Oranges and Garlic
1 (10 pound) turkey
4 l water
10 tsp salt
100 g butter, melted
120 g sugar
1 small bunch of fresh coriander
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp lemon juice (1 lemon)
1 garlic clove
¼ tsp black pepper
1 In a big pot mix salt, sugar, cinnamon, coriander and pour 1 liter of boiled water and stir until sugar melts. Pour 3 liters of cold water and add rounds of sliced onion and carrot and lemon juice. The marinade is ready.
2 Put the turkey into the pot with the marinade. Leave it in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
3 Get the turkey from the marinade, rinse it and pat dry with with paper towels.
4 Wash the oranges and scald them. Stick in cloves into the oranges. Divide the garlic into individual cloves – do not peel the cloves! Put the oranges and garlic cloves inside the turkey and neatly sew it up.
5 Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Season turkey with pepper and brush with melted butter. Cover it with aluminum foil.
6 Place turkey in a preheated oven, breast side up, in a flat roasting pan. Roast for an hour, then lower the temperature to 325 degree F and roast for 2-3 hours.
7 The last 30-40 minutes roast the turkey without foil and brush one more time with the melted butter. To verify if the turkey is cooked, you can pierce the turkey with a knife – the juices should run clear.
While serving the turkey you can decorate it with slices of orange and some garnish (rice, mashed potatoes etc.)