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Before this year, I’ve always been scared to cook a turkey. My sister and I baked one the year we weren’t able to be home for Thanksgiving. It didn’t go too badly, but she did most of the work. I’ve always been fortunate enough to be in families where my mom or mother-in-law always do it. I’m forever on pumpkin pie (my favorite) and sweet potato duty, and I’m not sad about it!
The Honeysuckle White (Shady Brook Farms in the Northeast and on the East Coast) turkeys are raised without growth-promoting antibiotics and no added hormones or steroids, exclusively on independent family farms. Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms are doing their part to end childhood hunger in America with the Share Our Strength and No Kid Hungry campaigns. Also, through a simple text or by entering an on-package code at HoneysuckleWhite.com, you can trace your turkey back to the family farm, access the farm’s location by state and county, view the family farm story, see photos from the farm and read a message from the farmer. How great is that?!
So, when Honeysuckle White asked us to share about their fresh whole turkeys available at Walmart, I knew now was my chance to grow up and try my hand at turkey baking.
But, not without my mom’s help of course.
You know what? It wasn’t that hard! I dare say I could cook a turkey on my own now!
My mom loves decorating for the holidays, so she set the table like we will for our family on Thanksgiving this year. Isn’t it lovely?! (Pssst- It’s from Walmart! The place mats, salad plates, and glasses can all be found in stores!)
So, here’s how we baked the Honeysuckle White Turkey…
We basically used the directions on the packaging. SO easy, y’all! I rinsed the turkey after removing the packaging. We removed the giblet bag and neck. Then, we put in the roasting pan and added our favorite seasonings (like Cavender’s, Herbamare, or a good old fashioned combo of garlic, onions, and S&P) and placed lots of pads of butter all around the bird.
We baked it at 325 degrees for about 3 hours, give or take 15 minutes. The great thing is Honeysuckle White Turkeys come with a valve that pops out when the meat is cooked to the appropriate temperature, so user friendly!
Finally, we pulled it out of the oven and dressed it with dressing, fruit, and rosemary. Pretty simple, right? Right. Add in your favorite Thanksgiving sides, pile up pies on the dessert table, and you’re good to go.
Thank you for letting me share!