This post is sponsored by ALDI, all opinions are my own. Find these great Thanksgiving Day items at an ALDI near you!
It’s my favorite time of year and my favorite holiday time! It’s Thanksgiving!!! I love that we have a time to slow down and just be thankful for every blessing we have in life. No matter what’s going on today, take time and find one thing to be thankful for in your life. I know that every year on social media the 30 days of thankfulness makes the rounds. I try to participate but usually fall way behind. But I do like the idea of finding one thing a day no matter how small to be thankful for. Sometimes it’s all about focusing on the positives.
I truly love cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my family. I look forward to making it most of the year. It’s the chill in the air and the jolly atmosphere all combined with my family being purposeful about spending time together. The collective joy that comes from everyone when the beautiful bird comes out of the oven and to the table is palpable. As much as Thanksgiving is about being thankful, it is also a season of giving.
I can remember growing up that there were times that we didn’t always have a lot to eat. But it was through the donations of local charities around the holidays that helped ensure that we had food for the holidays and even after. This year ALDI is teaming up with Venmo and Feeding America® to encourage people to add a new tradition of giving to their Friendsgiving celebrations. Every time the ALDI custom Turkey Hand emoji is shared on Venmo this November, 10 meals will be provided to people in need, up to one million meals!
So as I am beginning to plan our Thanksgiving meal and make my menu, I already know that ALDI is going to be my one stop shop this holiday season. I know that when shopping at ALDI, the prices are not going to break the bank. ALDI products have a quality I have come to expect and love. Listen, I was an ALDI skeptic, but over the past year I have become a convert. When you walk into ALDI you will notice most the products in their stores are ALDI exclusive brands. Please hear me when I say that ALDI private label brands are as good or better than what you have come to expect from other stores. I have now made several holiday dinners shopping at ALDI and my family still can’t believe that I get all my ingredients there. Shopping at ALDI has decreased our grocery budget and has encouraged me to include more veggies in my cooking because they are very affordable.
My beautiful Thanksgiving spread was all purchased at ALDI. My favorite thing about getting my turkey at ALDI is the price!!! This season at ALDI turkey’s will be
$.99lb. WOW!! This year with my turkey I decided to go a bit different and use one of ALDI’s amazing wines to help flavor my bird. ALDI’s exclusive range of seasonal products allows me to put new twists on holiday classics. With ALDI’s award-winning wine selection you can have more toasts for less, since their wines sell for far lower than the national average. I picked up the San Zenone Bianco. The flavors of this beautiful wine perfectly complement the herbs of my turkey seasoning. I was super impressed with the flavor and the quality of the wine.
When prepping a big piece of meat for cooking, the key is seasoning. Really, the key is to properly salt. If you have nothing else in your kitchen, you have salt and pepper. This was a 20lb bird so it needs a lot of seasoning. I used unsalted butter so I get to control the amount. You also want lots of aromatics like dried herbs, onions, lemon, and celery to help infuse and impart flavor as well. I placed unpeeled halved onions, celery, and a lemon in the cavity. I also put them in the bottom of the pan. I rubbed the outside of the bird with an herb butter comprised of poultry seasoning, garlic and salt. For this 20lb bird I used about 1/3 cup of salt. The turkey needs to be completely dry so that the butter will stick. Rub the butter all over the bird, inside, outside and under the skin of the breast. I also wanted to infuse the wine flavor, so I poured some wine on top of the aromatics in the cavity.
I let the bird sit overnight in the seasoning and I really think this helped in producing a really juicy and flavorful bird. I did a white wine and butter reduction sauce as well. Brushing the bird 3/4 of the way through imparts even more flavor from the wine and herbs to create a beautiful brown and crispy bird. I really enjoyed making this turkey. There are a few steps to create this but I promise you it’s all worth it!
Prep Time: 1hr Cook Time: 5 ½ hrs Servings: 8-10
20lb Butterball Whole Turkey
3 onions, unpeeled and quartered
2 heads of garlic, cut in half
1 lemon, halved
6 stalks of celery, cut in fourths
1 bottle of San Zenone Bianco
Herb Butter Rub
2 sticks of room temperature, softened Countryside Creamery Butter
1/3 cup of Stonemill Salt
1 tbs of poultry seasoning
1 tbs of Stonemill Garlic Powder
1 tbs of Stonemill Parsley
White Wine Reduction Butter Sauce
Giblets from bottom of roasting pan
1 stick of cold Countryside Creamery Butter
1/2 tsp of poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp of chives
1 tsp of Stonemill Parsley Flakes
2 1/2 cups of San Zenone Bianco
1 diced onion
1/3 cup of pan drippings
Remove turkey from package and allow juice to drain. Using paper towels, completely pat dry. Remove giblets from cavities and set aside.
Mix all ingredients for the rub together thoroughly. Rub the outside, inside and underneath the skin of the breast with butter mixture. Place one quartered onion, lemon, garlic heads and several celery sticks inside cavity of bird.
Place remaining aromatics into bottom of roasting pan along with the giblets you removed from the cavity. (Don’t skip as they provide a lot of flavor to the pan drippings.)
Pour 1/2 cup of wine into the bird cavity. Also add another 1/2 cup of wine into bottom of roasting pan. Place bird on the rack and into the roasting pan. Refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours.
For the Sauce: Place giblets into pot with onion, seasoning, and pan drippings. When onion is translucent, add in wine and reduce by 1/2. Remove from heat, strain the sauce and stir in cold butter.
Preheat oven to 325. Place bird in oven and cook 15 minutes per pound or until the thermometer reads 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the breast. When the turkey is almost finished, baste with white wine reduction sauce. Enjoy!