Thanksgiving Surf & Turf
Are you wondering what to serve this Thanksgiving to partner with your roast turkey? Why not feature the bounty of the land and the sea with an assortment of seafood from Cameron’s? With these Thanksgiving surf and turf recipes we share with you our recipe for the perfect roast turkey and seafood combinations.
I always recommend brining your turkey. It does require dedicated refrigerator space (or a well kept ice filled cooler) but the end result is worth it’s weight in moist rich turkey. Brining allows more water (and seasoning) into the bird allowing for less moisture extraction while roasting.
Turkey does not need to roast all day. Depending on the size of your bird, a typical 10-12 lb. turkey (serving 8-10 people) only needs 2 1/2-3 hours with about 30 minutes of resting time before serving.
Always brush and baste your turkey with butter or olive oil. This recipe uses a very flavorful (and Maryland style) butter that will keep the bird moist as well as help crisp and brown the skin.
If your turkey starts to brown too quickly, cover the breasts (the most susceptible to overcooking) with foil or tent the entire roasting pan. You may want to reposition the oven racks so that the top of the turkey is not as close to the oven’s heating elements.
Thanksgiving Surf & Turf
- 2 quarts water
- 1 1/2 gallons cold water
- 2 cups kosher salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
- 6 bay leaves
- 1 10-12 lb turkey
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 sticks unsalted butter softened
- 2 tablespoons Maryland seafood seasoning like Old Bay™
- Heat 2 quarts of water over medium high heat and whisk in salt, sugar, peppercorns and bay leaves. Heat just until salt and sugar have dissolved and chill for 30 minutes or until temperature reaches below 40°F. Whisk with remaining 1 1/2 gallons of water and carefully pour into a large container or clean cooler (if using a cooler keep rotating ice packs to make sure brine and turkey stay cool).
- Submerge turkey into brine, cover and keep refrigerated for 24 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove turkey from the brine, rinse and pat dry. Place turkey, breast side up, in rack lined roasting pan. Pour broth into the bottom of the pan.
- Using a food processor blend together butter and Old Bay until smooth. Divide the mixture in half and rub half of the mixture on to the turkey, covering completely. Tie legs together with butchers twine.
- Roast turkey for 1 1/2 hours, remove from oven and baste with remaining butter, return and continue to roast for another (1) hour or until turkey is cooked thoroughly. Let rest for 20-30 minutes before slicing and serving.
Surf Options (prepared using the handy recipe cards found in your delivery box):
Here are some suggested options for the ultimate Surf and Turf Thanksgiving. Pick your favorite for a fabulous meal.
Maryland Combo Meal-for the true Maryland Seafood lover, a treat for the entire family and a cracking good time.
Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes– A great accompaniment to any holiday table.
Jumbo Alaskan King Crab Legs– A crabby addition served along with oooh’s and aaaah’s.
Crab Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp– The best of both worlds our crab stuffed shrimp make the perfect partner to this roast turkey
Lobster Tails- The utmost way to give thanks this Thanksgiving.
Buy Maryland Seafood Online
You can buy all of the ingredients used for these seafood Thanksgiving recipes from our online store. As we say, ‘from shore to door, 3 days fresher than the grocery store’-all of our seafood is delivered right to your door, fast, so you can spend less time shopping and more time with your loved ones. That’s convenience you need during the busy holidays!
We’re thankful for customers like you and would love to see your delicious Thanksgiving Surf and Turf recipes. Feel free to post your holiday pics, tips and recipe ideas on any of our social pages, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter be sure to tag us @cameronsseafoodonline. Happy Thanksgiving from Cameron’s Seafood!
By: Patterson Watkins