The turkey is a large bird that’s used for many delicacies. Deep frying turkey is very well known in the Southern United States, especially Louisiana. It’s ideal for barbecues and outdoor parties. Deep frying retains the juiciness within the turkey, while making the skin crispy. For deep frying, the ideal temperature is between 325 and 365 degrees F. For turkeys that are less than 12 lbs in weight, the frying time is two 1/2 minutes/pound. It is more than 3 minutes/pound for turkeys which are more than 12 lbs in weight.
Deep skillet requires certain equipment like a burner, pot, lifting rack, thermometer and more. Around 11/2 to 2 gallons of oil is necessary for frying a 12-15 lb turkey. The oil can be strained and filtered and used again. Peanut oil can be used 3 or 4 times, or until the oil turns bad. This can mean foaming, darkening, smelling or excessive smoking. Deep frying of turkey is best done outside, since it can be dangerous inside.
Deep-Fried Turkeys may be seasoned with garlic, tiger sauce, red pepper, salt, kosher salt, or some other ready-to-use seasonings available in the market. Cajun seasoning is very popular. Paul Prudhomme’s Poultry Magic, Creole seasoning, or Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning are other commonly used seasonings. Don’t stuff the turkey.
Temperature can be checked with an oil thermometer attached to the pan. You can use a big pan such as the King Cooker or a large, thick stockpot (30-quart or larger ). Inject the marinade to the turkey using a flavor injector. Sprinkle the turkey with a dry rub, kosher salt, and other seasonings till the skin is dry. Insert the turkey gradually into the skillet. Cook for a while, based on the size of the turkey. Wait for 30 minutes before carving it.
Below are some safety tips: Deep-Fried Turkey should be consumed immediately; the leftovers should be kept in the fridge within 2 hours after cooking; the areas which have come into contact with the raw turkey should be cleaned properly, and the oil should be completely cool before filtering and stoning.
There are many more dishes that can be prepared from Deep-Fried Turkey. These can be obtained from relatives and friends. The best source is the world wide web, which contains many sites that have Deep-Fried Turkey recipes.