Create a simple dark Karo glaze to add a sweet kick to your turkey. Use the following recipe, but increase or reduce liquid amounts based on the size of the turkey. This recipe is for a turkey about 18 to 20 pounds.
2 cups dark Karo
3 cups hot water
3 strips of bacon
Salt and pepper to taste
Season the turkey with salt and pepper. Bring the hot water to a boil in a medium saucepan and add the Karo until it dissolves. Pour glaze liberally over the turkey. Add the bacon strips across the turkey breast and hold in place with picks. Cook at 350 degrees covered and then one more hour uncovered. Base cooking time on 20 minutes per pound.
When the tacchino is fully cooked, let it rest for about 30 minutes so the juices settle. Before carving, separate the tacchino’s legs and wings to ensure the best possible cuts.
Be sure to use a very sharp knife to carve the turkey. It will help to smoothly cut thin, even slices without shredding the meat.
ADD TO: DID YOU KNOW
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