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Perfect Roasted Turkey

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Perfect Roasted Turkey
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours and 45 minutes (for a 14-16 pound bird)
Servings
6 to 8 (depending on the size of your bird)
Ingredients
  • 1 ( 14-16) pound turkey giblets + neck removed, rinsed + patted dry
  • 2 sticks (1 cup or 16 tablespoons) unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme plus more for stuffing the bird
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 large piece of double lined cheesecloth
  • 2 lemons halved
  • 1 garlic head tips sliced off
  • 1 onion halved
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken or turkey broth
Bourbon Gravy
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • drippings from the turkey
  • 2-3 cups chicken or turkey broth as needed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • Salt + pepper to taste
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours and 45 minutes (for a 14-16 pound bird)
Servings
6 to 8 (depending on the size of your bird)
Ingredients
  • 1 ( 14-16) pound turkey giblets + neck removed, rinsed + patted dry
  • 2 sticks (1 cup or 16 tablespoons) unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme plus more for stuffing the bird
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 large piece of double lined cheesecloth
  • 2 lemons halved
  • 1 garlic head tips sliced off
  • 1 onion halved
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken or turkey broth
Bourbon Gravy
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • drippings from the turkey
  • 2-3 cups chicken or turkey broth as needed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • Salt + pepper to taste
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Instructions
  1. Remove the turkey from the fridge one hour before roasting. Remove the giblets + neck, and rinse the bird off. Pat dry and allow to come to room temperature.
  2. To make the compound butter, finely chop the thyme + parsley and add to a bowl with the butter. Add the lemon zest, salt and pepper, mix well to combine, making sure the butter is smooth and the herbs are evenly mixed throughout.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven.
  4. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan.
  5. Season the cavity of the turkey with salt and pepper and fill the cavity with the, lemons, garlic and onion. Gently lift the skin of the turkey by using your fingers and going in between the skin and body of the bird. Rub half of the compound butter under the skin of the bird, spreading some of the butter on top of the skin as well. Take the remaining butter and melt it over the low heat on the stove or in the microwave. Dampen your cheesecloth with warm water and squeeze dry. Submerge the cheesecloth into the melted butter, making sure all of the cheese cloth has soaked up the butter. Lay the cheesecloth over the bird, covering most of the bird. Drizzle any remaining butter over the turkey.
  6. Pour about 4 cups of chicken broth into the bottom of the roasting plan. Place the roasting pan in the oven and roast for 45 minutes at 450 degrees F. After 45 minutes reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and continue cooking for another 2 hours (until the turkey registers 160 F. on a meat thermometer), adding 1-2 cups of broth half way through roasting. I like to baste the turkey with the drippings 2-3 times throughout cooking, and when doing so, I also rotate the roasting pan.
  7. Remove the turkey from the oven and remove the cheesecloth, transfer the turkey to a baking sheet, tent loosely with foil and let rest 20 to 30 minutes before slicing.
  8. To make the gravy, strain the liquid from the roasting pan, skimming off most of the fat. I like to pour the broth into a 4 cup measuring cup and then place in the freezer for 10 minutes. This helps the fat rise to the top of the surface. Once you have skimmed the fat, add enough broth to equal about 4 to 5 cups total of drippings/broth.
  9. Place the roasting pan over two burners and add a splash of chicken broth (about 1/2 cup) to deglaze the pan. You want to scrape up all those brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Once the pan is thoroughly deglazed, add the butter and once melted, add the flour whisking to combine. Cook stirring constantly, until the mixture is golden, around 5 minutes.
  10. Increase heat to medium high and slowly add reserved broth, stirring constantly, until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the sage and bourbon and cook, continuing to stir, until the gravy has thickened to your desired thickness, around 8 to 10 minutes.
  11. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm with the turkey.

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