Herb Roasted Turkey
Turkey infused with fresh herbs and citrus for a fresh and exciting taste.
- 1 (10 to 12 pound) Lunds and Byerly's Fresh Turkey
- 1 (1 ounce) package fresh marjoram, leaves removed
- 1 (1 ounce) package fresh thyme, leaves removed
- 1 (1 ounce) package fresh basil, snipped
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 6 medium orange slices, (1/4-inch thick)
- cooking twine
- aluminum foil
Remove neck and giblets from cavities. Rinse turkey with cold water; drain and pat dry with paper towels. Remove pop-up timer. In small bowl, combine herbs; reserve 1/4 cup for Herb Gravy with Madeira (recipe below). Stir in olive oil, salt, orange zest and pepper. Gently run hand under turkey skin to loosen. Life skin on each side and gently pull back to center (breast bone); be sure skin is still attached at breast bone. Dip orange slices in herb mixture to coat. Carefully arrange orange slices under skin to cover top of turkey. Pull skin over orange slices and tuck under breast or fasten with skewers along edges of breast. Rub remaining herb mixture over entire turkey. Using cooking twine, tie wings and legs to body of turkey. Line shallow roasintg pan with foil. Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Cover loosely with a tent of foil. Roast in a preheated 325 F oven until internal temperature of thigh reaches 180 F and internal temperature of breast reaches 170 F using an instant-read thermometer (3 to 3 1/2 hours). Remove foil after 2 hours to brown turkey. Let stand, covered, 15 to 20 minutes before carving.
Amount: 10-12 servings
Tip: To get an accurate temperature reading, thermometer should not touch bone.
Beverage Recommendation: Monmousseau Vouvray
Herb Gravy with Madeira
Madeira, a fortified wine from Portugal, adds a unique flavor to both savory and sweet dishes.
1 cup Herb Roasted Turkey pan juices
1 1/2 tablespoons chicken stock
3 cups hot water
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup herb mixture, reserved from Herb Roasted Turkey
1/4 cup imported Madeira
Pour juices and browned bits from roasting pan into 4 cup measure (juices will separate). Pour off fat from juices, reserving 1/4 cup. Stir chicken stock into hot water; stirring until dissolved. Add enough chicken stock to pan juices to measure 3 3/4 cups. In medium saucepan, heat reserved fat over low heat; blend in flour. Gradually stir in pan juices mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil; boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in pepper and herb mixture; simmer 2 minutes. Stir in Madeira; simmer 1 minute.
Strain gravy to remove herbs, if desired.
Amount: 4 cups
Updated 11/12 kjr
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