My BIG FAT Greek Style Turkey - Lemon Potatoes And Red Pepper Feta Dip For Thanksgiving

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Oct. 28, 2020

Turkey is spatchcocked, then slathered in a special red pepper feta marinade before cooking and serving with lemon potatoes.

This Thanksgiving we have a lot to be thankful for in spite of the hardships that have hit most of us in 2020. Since social distancing must be practiced, we have to think small. I found the perfect small turkey and since it's a utility Turkey, it has some defects, just like the year we're living in.

Every year I try to make a different type of Turkey and last week it just dawned on me to try a delicious Greek style bird with all the trimmings. Greek style roast chicken is famous and I applied this to the Turkey and served it with lemon roast potatoes. Opaaaaaaaa
Here are the ingredients and steps to make this recipe!


Turkey 8 Pound
Brine ingredients:
Lemon slices To Taste
Sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Salt 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Water 4 Liter
Butter blend:
Soft butter 1 Tablespoon
Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
Salt To Taste
Fresh oregano 1 Teaspoon
Chilli flakes 1 Teaspoon
Red pepper and feta sauce/marinade
Bottled red peppers 680 Milliliter
Salt To Taste
Garlic 5 Clove (25 gm)
Extra virgin olive oil 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Feta cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Yogurt 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Chilli flakes 1 Tablespoon
Fresh oregano leaves 1 Tablespoon
Greek lemon potatoes
Yukon gold potatoes 1 Pound
Olive oil 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Lemon juice 50 Milliliter
Crushed garlic 3 Teaspoon
Oregano 1 Tablespoon
Salt To Taste
Pepper To Taste
Chicken stock/Veggie stock 3/4 Cup (12 tbs)
Lemon slices To Taste
Fresh oregano sprigs To Taste



1. Brine the Turkey by adding a defrosted Turkey to a bag with lemon slices, salt & sugar and the water and allow the turkey to brine for 24 hrs

2. Once done, drain all the brine and pat the turkey dry

3. Using a meat scissors remove the spine if spatchcocking the bird (see video)

4. In a roasting pan, create a layer of lemon and fresh oregano and place the bird on top of it

5. Prepare the butter blend by mixing all the butter bland ingredients together

6. Pull the skin away from the flesh of the turkey and insert blobs of this butter

7. Prepare the red pepper & feta sauce by blending the ingredients together

8. Spoon a few tbsps of this marinade over the bird and brush all over the skin

9. Place uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 1 hr

10. Remove, add some more marinade and cook covered for another hr

11. Remove, add more marinade and baste and cook for another 15 mins or so


12. Let rest before carving. Serve & Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 180 Minutes
Ready In: 180 Minutes
Servings: 6