There’s no denying that your roasted turkey is the belle of the ball on Thanksgiving. The crowning glory on your table that all the sides adorn is actually good for you! Rich in protein, just 4 ounces of turkey provides about 35 grams of protein with less than 1 gram of total fat, providing a whopping 65 percent of your recommended daily intake of protein! Also considered a very good source of essential amino acids, turkey contains trace minerals thought to aid in cancer prevention, as well as selenium, which is essential for the healthy function of the thyroid and immune system. Then there’s that essential amino acid in turkey called L-tryptophan that creates a feeling of relaxation and causes snoring after the feast! Oh and don’t forget that turkey is also a good source of vitamins B3 and B6, providing 36 percent of the daily allowance of B3 and 27 percent of your recommended intake of B6. Yes, turkey isn’t just the belle of the ball, it’s also the king of nutrition! So carve up some turkey, enjoy a Sweet ‘N Spicy slice and then take your L-tryptophan-induced nap! Happy Thanksgiving!
Sweet ‘N Spicy Roasted Turkey
2 Tbs. packed dark brown sugar
2 Tbs. chili powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. kosher salt
6 Tbs. butter, at room temperature
1 (12 lb.) turkey
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Arrange metal rack in roasting pan.
2. In bowl combine brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, kosher salt and butter until blended.
3. Spread butter mixture under and over the turkey skin. This step can be done ahead. Then refrigerate turkey until ready to roast.
4. Roast turkey until juices run clear and meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 180F and inserted in breast reads 170F, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Allow 15-20 minutes of roasting time per pound. Let turkey rest 15 minutes before carving.
A 12 lb. turkey will serve about 8 adults.