Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy

Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy
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Roast Turkey
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Roast Turkey

The secret to this exceptional bird is an old-fashioned, inexpensive, enameled metal oval roaster with a lid, found in most supermarkets. It simultaneously roasts and braises the turkey, so the meat stays moist even as it cooks quickly. Uncover the pan at the end to crisp the skin.

This recipe has been adapted from the 2011 Gourmet Live Holiday Special Edition.

6
Servings
257
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the turkey

  • One 11- to 12-pound turkey at room temperature for 1 hour, neck, giblets (excluding liver), and wing tips reserved for stock
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 medium-sized onion
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup water

For the gravy

  • 2 cups hot turkey giblet stock
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Melted unsalted butter, if necessary
  • Reserved giblets from stock, chopped (optional)

Directions

For the turkey

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees with the rack in the lower third.

Rinse the turkey inside and out, then dry well. Mix together the salt and pepper and rub all over the turkey inside and out. Put the onion and thyme in the large cavity. Pin the neck skin to the body with a metal skewer.

Center a 24-inch piece of kitchen string under the back of the breast and bring the ends over to pin the wings, then crisscross the string and tie the ends of the drumsticks together. Put the turkey on a flat metal rack in the roaster and brush with 4 tablespoons of the melted butter.

Cover the pan (or, if using an open roasting pan, cover the turkey with parchment paper, then foil) and roast for 1 hour. Baste the turkey with pan juices. Add water to the pan. Continue to roast, covered, until a thermometer inserted into the fleshy part of each thigh and thickest part of each breast and wings (test all; close to but not touching the bone) registers 165 degrees, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Baste with the remaining tablespoon of melted butter and roast, uncovered, until the skin is browned, about 15 more minutes (total roasting time: 1 ¾-2 ¼ hours). Carefully tilt the turkey so that juices from inside the large cavity run into the pan. Transfer the turkey to a platter and let stand, loosely covered with foil, for 30 minutes (the temperature of the thigh meat will rise from 170-175 degrees).

For the gravy

Strain the pan juices through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart measuring cup and skim off the fat (or use a fat separator), reserving the fat. Add the turkey stock.

Whisk together the flour and 1/3 cup reserved fat (if there is less, add melted butter) in a heavy medium-sized saucepan, then cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Add the stock mixture in a fast stream, whisking constantly to prevent lumps, then bring to a boil, whisking. Stir in any turkey juices from the platter. Add the giblets (if using). Simmer the gravy, whisking occasionally, for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
20%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
68mg
23%
Carbohydrate, by difference
20g
15%
Protein
12g
26%
Vitamin A, RAE
46µg
7%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Calcium, Ca
133mg
13%
Choline, total
3mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
40µg
10%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
21mg
7%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
115mg
16%
Selenium, Se
23µg
42%
Sodium, Na
103mg
7%
Water
79g
3%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Roast 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.

Roast Turkey Cooking Tip

For juicy meat, be sure to brine the turkey.