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How to Roast a Spatchcock Turkey in Convection

There are several benefits to roasting a turkey in this method. The cooking time is shorter; the bird cooks and browns evenly and is easier to handle for carving. Because you have to remove the backbone that can be used to make a delicious stock so you will have plenty on hand for gravy.


Once the turkey has finished cooking, the oven can be loaded with the oven side dishes. Using either the Convection Roast (a little extra heat is good for roasting vegetables) or Convection Bake mode, the side dishes will be ready to serve once the turkey has rested and been carved, and you have made the gravy.

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Larissa Taboryski

Ingredients

10 - 12lb turkey

Kosher salt

Your favorite seasoning


Preparation

Ideally begin this a day or two in advance of cooking.


Place the bird breast side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Holding it firmly in place with one hand, cut down one side of the backbone with a sharp knife or poultry shears to detach the thigh bone from the breastbone. It takes some effort, so go slowly. Continue cutting along the backbone, through the rib cage to the wing and detach the wing joint. Repeat on the other side then remove the backbone. To flatten the turkey, place your hand on one side of the breast and press down until you hear the bone crack. Repeat these steps on the other side.


Season the turkey with 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt and some freshly ground pepper. Cover it loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate. 


Remove the turkey from the refrigerator at least 2 hours in advance of cooking to lose the chill. At that time you can add some flavoring ingredients to the pan: onion and garlic, parsley and thyme sprigs and sprinkle the turkey with your preferred seasoning. Place the turkey on the pan and brush with some olive or vegetable oil.


Heat the oven in the Convection Roast Mode 400 degrees. 


The turkey should be cooked in a shallow pan with or without a rack. If your oven has an internal meat probe, insert the needle into the thickest part of the breast, taking care not to touch bone and when you slide the turkey into the oven program the meat probe to reach an internal temperature of 165°F. While the turkey is resting it will come to the perfect carving temperature of approximately 180 - 185 degrees.


Allow approximately 1 hour for a 10 - 12lb turkey to roast in this method and 1 hour 15 mins for a 12 - 15lb turkey to cook to perfection.

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Baked Ham with Tangerine Glaze and Roasted Carrots

Since ham is already cooked by smoking it is most often eaten cold, however heated through and brushed with a fruity glaze it makes a great centerpiece for celebration meals.  


In order to heat the ham through it usually needs a fair bit of time in a slow oven and to avoid drying out the meat it is covered until the final stage when the glaze is added. However, if you bake your unsliced ham in Convection you will not need to cover the ham and the heating through time will take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on the weight of the ham. If you are heating a sliced ham then it must remain covered in foil to avoid drying out.

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Ingredients

Preparation

1 - smoked ham, bone-in, skin on 7 - 9 lbs

1 - bunch fresh sage leaves

¾ - cup olive oil

1 - cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks

2 - cups tangerine juice

2 - tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed

2  - cups, packed light brown sugar

1 - cup water

½ - teaspoon whole cloves

2 - cinnamon sticks

1 ½ - lbs baby carrots

Preheat the oven in the Convection Mode 300 degrees.


Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan. 


Score the ham with cuts in a diamond pattern about 2 inches apart and ½ deep. 


Season generously with salt and pepper. Chop 8 of the sage leaves and mix with the olive oil to make a paste, rub all of the ham getting into the slits.


Bake for 2 hours.


Glaze: 


Combine the  butter, tangerine juice, tangerines, brown sugar, water and spices in a heavy medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.  


Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, 30 - 40 minutes.


Brush the glaze over the ham when it has completed its initial heating phase. Add the baby carrots and another 8 chopped sage leaves and continue baking for another 40 - 50 minutes until the carrots are tender and the internal temperature of the ham is 150 degrees.


Serves 12

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