Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Herbed Butter Rub for Poultry

A few fresh herbs, some creamy butter, and a bit of lemon juice and you have this wonderful Herbed Butter Rub for Poultry.

This is especially good if you are using a heritage breed turkey, or other pasture raised turkey, but it is equally delicious on a turkey purchased from the grocery store.

Use it to rub under the skin of chicken or turkey for a sensational taste.

1 sprig fresh rosemary
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
3-4 springs fresh sage
1/4-1/3 stick butter
1 tsp lemon juice

Place butter in a small bowl and allow it to come to room temperature, approx. 30 minutes.

Snip, or tear leaves, from fresh herbs and mince well on a cutting board with a sharp knife.

Mix 1 tsp. lemon juice with softened butter. Add minced herbs and mix well with a wooden spoon until the herbs are well incorporated.

Carefully loosen the skin on the breast and legs of fresh chicken or turkey. Place the herbed butter under the skin and smooth around all over the breast and legs, being careful not to tear skin. Wrap poultry with plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours or overnight for best flavor.

When ready to roast, lightly oil the outside skin of  the chicken or turkey and dust with salt and pepper for crispy skin.

Also seen on Weekend Potluck



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