Turkey: Emeril's Deep-Fried "Cujun" Turkey

RisaG posted 12-23-98 11:38 AM.

* Exported from MasterCook *

Emeril's Deep-Fried "Cajun" Turkey

Recipe By : Emeril Lagasse/Good Morning America Appearance
Serving Size : ? Preparation Time :0:00
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Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
2 (8-14 lb) turkeys
10 gallons peanut oil
1 cup salt
1/2 tbsp cayenne
1/4 tbsp black pepper

Emeril's Cajun Marinade:
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon crab boil
1/4 cup apple cider
3/4 cup honey
1 bottled beer
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon allspice
1/2 cup essence -- or Creole spice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 pinch clove

40 quarts pot with basket -- burner and propane tank (40 to 60 qts)
candy thermometer, to measure heat oil
meat thermometer, to test turkey doneness
safety goggles
fire-safe gloves & pot holders
fire extinguisher
seasoning injector

Season and cure the turkey with salt, pepper and cayenne. Rub seasoning on skin and let sit overnight.

In a blender, add all the wet ingredients and then the dry ingredients to make the marinade. Puree on high for 4-6 minutes Make sure all ingredients are completely pureed and add to an injector.

Heat oil to 350 degrees F. Depending on the amount of oil used, this usually takes between 45 minutes and one hour. (To determine the correct amount of oil, place the turkey in thebasket and place in the pot. Add water until it reaches 1 to 2 inches above the turkey. Remove the turkey and note the water level, using a ruler to measure the distance from the top of the pot to the surface of the water. Pour out water and dry the pot thoroughly. Be sure to measure for oil before breading or marinating the turkey.)

While the oil is heating, prepare the turkey as desired.

Once the oil has come to temperature, place the turkey in the basket and slowly lower into the pot. Whole turkeys require approximately 3 minutes per pound to cook. Remove turkey and check internal temperature with meat thermometer. The temperature should reach 170 degrees F in the breast and 180 degrees F in the thigh. Turkey parts such as breast, wings and thighs require approximately 4 to 5 minutes per pound to come to temperature.

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Notes : Fryer Beware: Safety Tips

Remember you're dealing with gallons of dangerously hot oil, so make sure there are no kids or pets running around. And you want to wear some old shoes that you can slip out of easily and long pants just in case you do spill some oil on you.

Place fryer on level dirt or grassy area. Never fry a turkey indoors, in a garage or in any other structure attached to a building. Avoid frying on wood decks, which could catch fire, and concrete, which can be stained by the oil.

Never leave the hot oil unattended and don't allow children or pets near the cooking area.

Allow the oil to cool completely before disposing or storing. Immediately wash hands, utensils, equipment and surfaces that have come in contact with raw turkey.

Turkey should be consumed immediately and leftovers stored in the refrigerator within two hours of cooking.

[SOURCE: The National Turkey Federation (202) 898-0100]

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