Perfect Turkey Recipe

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Perfect Turkey Recipe
Perfect Turkey
Jonathan Waxman

Perfect Turkey

Here's a simple recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, courtesy of chef Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto Restaurant in New York City.

Click here to see The Perfect Christmas Dinner.

8
Servings
922
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • One 12-pound heritage turkey
  • 2 salt
  • 2 olive oil
  • Sea salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 1 orange, halved
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, halved
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 black peppercorns
  • 1 anise seeds
  • 1 coriander
  • 1 juniper berries
  • 2 sweet butter, preferably organic

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, on convection, if available.

Prepare a sink big enough for the bird. Fill with hot water and 2 teaspoons salt. Wash the bird in hot water, pat dry, and let dry at room temperature.

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a roasting pan. Sprinkle with a liberal amount of sea salt and fresh pepper. Lay the bird on top. Liberally season with sea salt and fresh pepper. Sprinkle with the remaining olive oil. Place the remaining ingredients inside the turkey's cavity.

Place in the oven, and roast for about 8-10 minutes per pound. You will need to baste every 20 minutes. Spin the turkey around every 20 minutes to help brown evenly.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 1 hour, covered with aluminum foil.

Turkey Shopping Tip

Thanksgiving is not the only time to consume turkey. Now readily available year-round, be sure to take advantage of this chicken substitute.

Turkey Cooking Tip

For juicy meat, be sure to brine the turkey.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
51g
78%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
22g
100%
Cholesterol
409mg
100%
Protein
106g
100%
Carbs
7g
2%
Vitamin A
279µg
31%
Vitamin B12
6µg
99%
Vitamin B6
3mg
100%
Vitamin C
15mg
25%
Vitamin D
2µg
N/A
Vitamin E
1mg
6%
Vitamin K
6µg
7%
Calcium
100mg
10%
Fiber
2g
7%
Folate (food)
42µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
42µg
10%
Iron
5mg
27%
Magnesium
131mg
33%
Monounsaturated
15g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
37mg
100%
Phosphorus
910mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
8g
N/A
Potassium
1196mg
34%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.9mg
54.4%
Sodium
1728mg
72%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
17.8%
Trans
1g
N/A
Zinc
9mg
59%

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