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How to Marinate a Turkey

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Turkey Marinade Recipe

  • 1 (12 to 14-pound) JENNIE-O® whole turkey, thawed, giblets and neck removed
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh oregano, minced

With a fork, pierce random holes over the turkey. Place the turkey in large, plastic cooking bag. In small bowl, whisk together red wine, orange juice, olive oil, shallots, garlic, rosemary and oregano. Pour marinade over turkey. Close bag securely. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Remove turkey from marinade and prepare turkey. Discard marinade. Do not use to baste.  If you want to baste remove 1/8 cup of marinade from bowl prior to pouring in bag and reserve for later use.  See How to Cook a Turkey for directions.

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