Here is my Fried Turkey recipe for all of you who have harvested a turkey. This recipe works well with organic turkeys as well!!
One of my favorite ways to prepare wild turkey is to fry it. It is easy and it never fails to be juicy and tender. We often make this along with oyster dressing and coleslaw with mustard and apples for the Christmas holidays. It is a beautiful filling meal that leaves you satisfied and happy! This is one meal that will become a tradition for generations.
Another tradition that our family enjoys is that of making this fine meal with the first turkey harvested of the year. This year has been a little slow in the area of harvesting the turkey. They seem to be outwitting us this year. Good for them, bad for us!
You can make this fried turkey with store bought organic turkey as well as wild turkey. Wild turkey can be extremely tough if not prepared correctly. Wild turkey forage for their food which creates muscle fiber and increased connective tissue. This is actually a great thing as far as flavor is concerned, but not so great if you want tender meat. Tenderness is not hard to achieve if the turkey is aged for a few days, then brined or pounded and fried or braised in the cooking process. In this recipe, I am using a brine that will add flavor and give you tender succulent meat!
- 1 gallon water
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup salt
- 5 cloves garlic
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- peel of one lemon
I like to get just the right amount of oil for the frying process. To do this, place the turkey breasts in a large pot. Pour water over the turkey to 3 inches above the turkey. Remove the breast and measure the amount of water in the pot. Use this measurement to determine the amount of oil you will need for frying or you can guestimate if you wish!
Place oil in a fryer and bring oil to 375 degrees. Slowly submerge turkey into hot oil 3 minutes per pound plus 5 minutes. If you have 10 pounds of turkey, you would multiply 10 X 3 + Your time would be 35 minutes.