Demo Kitchen Recipes: Oven Roasted Turkey & Turkey Brine

Did you know Binny's Highland Park features a restaurant level demonstration kitchen? We have a lot of fun teaching you how to pair wine, beer and spirits with handcrafted dishes - especially when it comes to holidays. Give Chef Scott's Oven Roasted Turkey and Turkey brine recipes a chance this holiday season. Your guests will be begging for this recipe by the end of the meal.


Oven Roasted Turkey



  • 1- 12lb Turkey
  • 1lb Butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 Bunch Fresh Sage, chopped
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 Bunch Fresh Rosemary, chopped
  • 8 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 Cups Apple Juice/Cider
  • 2 Large Onions, rough chopped
  • 1. Pat your turkey dry with paper towel and let sit at room temp for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • 2. In a mixing bowl, combine the soft butter, herbs, and a generous amount of salt and pepper. Work the butter with your hands until the herbs are evenly distributed.
  • 3. Rub the turkey with the herb butter, getting all sides and under the skin. Lightly season with more salt and pepper.
  • 4. Place the onions and apple cider in the bottom of a roasting pan and place the turkey on top.
  • 5. Roast the turkey in a 450-degree oven for 30 minutes to brown it. Drop the oven temp to 350, tent the breast with foil and roast for another 2.5-3 hours or until the internal temperature at the thickest part of the thigh hits 155 degrees. Let rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.

What's a turkey without a good brine? Chef Scott's turkey brine recipe is a one-of-a-kind salt solution. It forces the turkey to retain more moisture and become well seasoned and creates synergy amongst the other dishes - both sweet and salty. It truly helps to make the turkey the centerpiece.


Turkey Brine



  • 7 qts Water
  • 1/2 bottle Dry Riesling
  • 1 1/2 c Kosher Salt
  • 6 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Tbsp Coriander Seed, whole
  • 2 Tbsp Black Peppercorns, whole
  • 1 Tbsp Cloves, whole
  • 1 Tbsp Allspice, whole
  • 1 Tbsp Fennel Seeds, whole
  • 1 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds, whole
  • 2 Onions, sliced
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, smashed
  • 1 bunch Fresh Thyme
  •   Directions
    • 1. In a large pot, combine all ingredients except for 5 quarts of water. Bring to a boil then let cool.
    • 2. Combine the salt and spice mixture with the rest of the water and pour over your turkey, either in a brine bag or large cooler.
    • 3. Let turkey brine for 24 hours, weighing it down if necessary.

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