The traditional way to prepare a holiday turkey is roasting, but there is another method that’s gained popularity in recent years: Deep frying. If you’re looking for a change of pace this year, check out these tips for using a deep fryer.
The fried turkey is a relatively easy dish to prepare. Here are the items you’ll need:
– Turkey fryer
– Propane gas tank and burner
– Marinade injector
– Turkey hanger
– Deep fry thermometer
– Paper towels
1. To make a flavorful and tasty fried turkey, marinade it well. To do so, choose your favorite marinade sauces from the local supermarket and inject them into the bird about 30 minutes before frying (the longer the turkey is marinated, the more flavorful it is).
2. Next, set up the frying apparatus. Remember that it is not safe to fry the turkey indoors, so be sure to find a empty space outdoors to set up the appliance. Also carefully read the instructions that came with your fryer.
3. Measure the amount of oil needed. To do so, lower your turkey into the fryer using the hangar. Fill the fryer with water until it covers the turkey by about 2 inches. Remove the turkey and use a ruler to measure the distance from the top of the fryer to the surface of the water. Pour away the water and dry the fryer with paper towels. Now, pour oil into the fryer until it equals the water level that was measured.
4. Heat the oil. Firstly, clip the thermometer to the fryer so it does not fall. Light the burner and wait for the temperature to rise to about 325 F. This will take about 20 minutes.
5. When the oil is hot enough, carefully lower the turkey into the fryer using the hanger. The cooking time of each turkey varies, but a good estimate is three minutes per pound to cook. Even though this is a slow process, for the sake of safety, do not leave the fryer unattended.
6. Take the turkey out of the oil. Slice into the thighs to check if it is done. If is is not, you can let if fry for a few more minutes.
7. When the turkey is done, let it cool for about 30 minutes before serving.
8. In the meantime, check that the burner is switched off. Let the oil cool down before pouring it away.
To make the dish a more balanced and healthy meal, include side dishes of vegetables and fruit. Asparagus and brocolli are classic vegetables that go well with fried turkey. Finally, what makes a good meal is one that is balanced, delicious and full of fond memories for the family.