Deep-Fried Turkey

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Deep-Fried Turkey
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Fried turkey is the answer to a Thankgiving under the gun. There is no need to wake up at the crack of dawn to put the turkey in the oven. Let that bird brine for 36 hours then pop it in a cauldron of hot fat (outside, of course). And you've got turkey on the table in under 2 hours. It's not just any turkey. It has juicy meat all over, even the breasts. Don't feel guilty about the frying, you probably only eat turkey once a year. Serve it with a healthy array of sides if that makes you feel better. You'll need to invest in an outdoor turkey frying kit.

10
Servings
1615
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Reprinted with permission from Southern Comfort by Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing, copyright © 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 Cup plus 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cayenne
  • 2 gallons water
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated and crushed
  • One 10 to 12-pound turkey
  • 2 1/2 gallons vegetable oil, for frying

Directions

Place the turkey in a large food-safe plastic bag inside of an ice chest large enough to contain it. To make the brine, in a large bowl, whisk the brown sugar, mustard, salt, and cayenne until smooth. Gradually whisk in the water, followed by the thyme and garlic and pour around the turkey in the plastic bag, submerging the turkey in the brine. Tie the bag closed, pack the cooler the rest of the way with ice, and brine for 24 hours.

Remove the turkey from the brine and pat dry inside and out with paper towels. Transfer the bird, breast-side up, to a turkey frying basket.

Place the turkey in the frying basket in a 30-quart stockpot and add enough oil to barely cover the bird. Remove the turkey (in the frying basket) from the stockpot and bring the oil to 400 degrees; this can take up to 1 hour.

Carefully lower the turkey into the hot oil and fry for 3 minutes per pound, about 30 minutes. Lift the turkey in the basket from the fryer and drain over a draining rack. 

Turkey Shopping Tip

Thanksgiving is not the only time to consume turkey. Now readily available year-round, be sure to take advantage of this chicken substitute.

Turkey Cooking Tip

For juicy meat, be sure to brine the turkey.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
115g
100%
Sugar
65g
N/A
Saturated Fat
11g
57%
Cholesterol
255mg
85%
Protein
79g
100%
Carbs
70g
23%
Vitamin A
88µg
10%
Vitamin B12
4µg
72%
Vitamin B6
2mg
100%
Vitamin C
5mg
8%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
21mg
100%
Vitamin K
1µg
2%
Calcium
158mg
16%
Fiber
2g
8%
Folate (food)
30µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
30µg
8%
Iron
5mg
25%
Magnesium
125mg
31%
Monounsaturated
74g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
27mg
100%
Phosphorus
704mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
22g
N/A
Potassium
989mg
28%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.7mg
41.4%
Sodium
3395mg
100%
Sugars, added
64g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
16.7%
Trans
0.9g
N/A
Zinc
7mg
45%

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