Nothing brings the family together like a delicious, golden-fried turkey for Thanksgiving. But without the proper equipment, your cooked bird may be all style, and no substance. Fried turkey has gained notice for its unique flavor profile and quick cooking process – but the gallons of peanut oil needed in the process have created some handling challenges.
Turkey perfection is at your fingertips with The Big Easy – which uses just two tablespoons of oil to create that crispy, savory, fried signature turkey. Our Southern-influenced Thanksgiving turkey recipe is a take on the traditional favorite that will have your family praising your turkey talents – and asking for seconds!
The classic 'fried turkey' uses several gallons of peanut oil that takes quite some time to heat up before you can fry the turkey. If the temperature is off just 5-10 degrees you either have oily tasting turkey or problems on your hands. But this basic recipe uses only a couple tablespoons of oil and will deliver a fried turkey taste without the mess!
- Whole turkey - check product manual for maximum weight
- 2 tablespoons of Vegetable or Peanut oil
- NOTE: It does not matter which of the two you use because both are mild in flavor. We do recommend avoiding heavier oils like olive oil, though, because they tend to be richer in flavor and will affect the taste of food. Vegetable and peanut oil also have higher smoke points, making them excellent mediums for deep frying.
- Herb seasoning or dry rub (NOTE: Lower sugar content)
- Prepare turkey for cooking - remove the giblets, neck, etc.
- Remove any plastic or metal ties used to hold legs or cavity in place.
- Rinse the turkey in tepid water and pat dry with paper towels.
- Apply dry rub on outside of turkey - if your hands are small enough you can also work rub in between the skin and the meat on the breast and leg/thigh area.
- Lightly spray or brush oil on outside of turkey.
- Truss the legs and place turkey legs down in the cooking basket.
- Insert meat thermometer in the breast so that the tip does not touch bone and the dial is easily read when the basket is in the cooker.
- Light the burner according to instructions in manual - no pre-heating required
- Plan to cook the turkey for approximately 10 minutes per pound - and monitor the temperature closely as the last "planned" 20 minutes begin.
- When the thermometer registers about 3 degrees below the target temperature of 165F degrees - turn off the cooker and remove the cooking basket with the turkey in it. Place the basket on a shallow sheet pan and allow to rest for about 15 minutes while the turkey continues to cook from internal heat.
- Remove the turkey from the cooking basket.
- Tip: You can use your hands to make sure the turkey doesn't get hung up while trying to remove...and invert the basket and allow the turkey to gently "fall" out.
- After the turkey rests for about 20 - 30 minutes total it will be ready to carve.
Setting the Table
Now that your turkey is fried to crispy perfection, consider setting up a beautiful tablescape to create a cozy and festive atmosphere. Fall decorations such as miniature pumpkins, garlands of red and yellow foliage, or large pinecones make great table decor. Create a centerpiece using your favorite family photos to spark conversation and reminiscence on memories that fill you with thanks. Personalized place settings are an efficient way to dress up the table and make your guests feel welcome. Use these little ideas to help make this significant day feel extra special.
Side Dishes To Be Thankful For
With all the time you’ve saved from frying your turkey in The Big Easy, you can now whip up some decadent sides to accompany your beautifully browned turkey. You can choose to go unconventional with dishes of bold flavor or stick with the theme of the turkey recipe and offer Thanksgiving classics sure to be found on any southern table. Here are some great recipe ideas.
- Thanksgiving Dressing Recipe
- Green Bean Casserole
- Potato Torte
- Sweet Corn Bread
- Divine Cranberry Sauce
Don’t Forget Dessert!
If your friends and family have any room left after all of the Thanksgiving delicacies, a pumpkin or pecan pie will be the final touch to your Thanksgiving feast. These elegant and classic southern desserts will taste great and look beautiful sitting with the spread of homemade wonders.