Herb-Roasted Turkey

Herb-Roasted Turkey
Staff Writer

Scarpetta

For the traditionalists, sometimes all you want is a simple roasted turkey. We chose Freddy Vargas', of James Beard Award-winning Scarpetta in Beverly Hills, herb roasted turkey. He knows how to add flavor to a bird without overdoing it, with a brine of toasted spices and flavorful spice rub under the skin for roasting.

Directions

For the brine

Toast the spices and then wrap in a cheese cloth and place in pot, along with the herbs, garlic, and water. Bring to a boil then remove from the heat and add the salt and brown sugar. Stir with a whisk and allow the mixture to cool. When the mixture reaches room temperature, place the turkeys inside the brine and let it sit for 24 hours, refrigerated.  

For roasting the turkey

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place all of the herbs and the olive oil in a bowl and whisk until everything is well combined. Rub the herb mixture inside the skin of the turkey — do not place outside of the turkey breast because it will burn during the cooking process.

Place the turkey in the oven and cook until internal temperature reads 160, about 5-6 hours, then remove and allow to rest. During resting, it will reach 165 degrees.
 

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

329 kcal

Daily value:

16%

Servings:

16
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 56 g
  • Protein 5 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 10 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 816 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 33 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 25 mg
  • Vitamin D 1 IU
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 47 µg
  • Ash 2 g
  • Calcium, Ca 145 mg
  • Carotene, alpha 2 µg
  • Carotene, beta 251 µg
  • Cholesterol 12 mg
  • Choline, total 8 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 40 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 2 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 4 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 2 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 6 g
  • Folate, DFE 28 µg
  • Folate, food 26 µg
  • Folate, total 28 µg
  • Folic acid 2 µg
  • Iron, Fe 4 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 83 µg
  • Luteolin 1 mg
  • Magnesium, Mg 44 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 1 mg
  • Niacin 2 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 52 mg
  • Phytosterols 23 mg
  • Potassium, K 395 mg
  • Retinol 2 µg
  • Selenium, Se 4 µg
  • Sodium, Na 623 mg
  • Starch 2 g
  • Sucrose 11 g
  • Sugars, total 20 g
  • Water 99 g
  • Zinc, Zn 1 mg
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