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Chef John's Roast Turkey and Gravy | Allrecipes image

The biggest myth in all of American cookery is the belief that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve. One of the secrets to a moist, delicious, and beautiful turkey is spreading butter under the skin. You can season the butter any way you want; the possibilities are endless.

Provided by Chef John

Categories     Whole Turkey

Total Time 4 hours 55 minutes

Prep Time 1 hours 0 minutes

Cook Time 3 hours 45 minutes

Yield 1 whole roast turkey with gravy

Number Of Ingredients 19

2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 (12 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets reserved
2 onions, coarsely chopped
3 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
½ bunch fresh sage
½ cup butter
1 bay leaf
6 cups water
2 tablespoons turkey fat
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
3 cups turkey pan drippings
¼ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  • Mix 2 tablespoons salt, and 1 tablespoon pepper, and poultry seasoning in a small bowl. Tuck turkey wings under the bird, and season cavity with about 1 tablespoon of the poultry seasoning mixture. Reserve remaining poultry seasoning mix.
  • Toss the onion, celery, and carrots together in a bowl. Stuff about 1/2 cup of the vegetable mixture, rosemary sprigs, and 1/2 bunch sage into the cavity of the turkey. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Loosen the skin on top of the turkey breast using fingers or a small spatula. Place about 2 tablespoons butter under the skin and spread evenly. Spread the remaining butter (about 2 tablespoons) all over the outside of the skin. Sprinkle the outside of the turkey with the remaining poultry seasoning mix.
  • Spread the remaining onion, celery, and carrots into a large roasting pan. Place the turkey on top of the vegetables. Fill the pan with about 1/2 inch of water. Arrange a sheet of aluminum foil over the breast of the turkey.
  • Roast the turkey in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 3 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (75 degrees C). Remove the foil during the last hour of cooking. Baste the turkey with the pan juices.
  • While the turkey is roasting, make stock: place neck, heart, and gizzards in a saucepan with the bay leaf and water. Simmer over medium heat for 2 hours. Strain the turkey giblets from the stock, and discard giblets. There should be at least 4 cups of stock.
  • Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Pour the pan juices, about 3 cups, into a saucepan and set aside. Skim off the turkey fat from the pan juices, reserving about 2 tablespoons.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the turkey fat and 1 tablespoon butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Transfer the onion from the roasting pan into the skillet. Cook and stir until the onion is browned, about 5 minutes, then stir in the flour. Continue to cook and stir for about 5 minutes more; whisk in 4 cups of the skimmed turkey stock and the reserved pan juices until smooth; skim off any foam. Stir in the balsamic vinegar. Simmer until the gravy is thickened, whisking constantly, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of chopped sage, and season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 942.1 calories, CarbohydrateContent 4.6 g, CholesterolContent 256.3 mg, FatContent 70.1 g, FiberContent 0.9 g, ProteinContent 68.7 g, SaturatedFatContent 22.8 g, SodiumContent 949.8 mg, SugarContent 1.2 g

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