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Pan-Seared Turkey with Gremolata

Pan-Seared Turkey with Gremolata

I might never have come up with this recipe if my car hadn't broken down on the way to a catering job. My client was looking forward to my cooking turkey at her home. She was psyched about the house filling up with the aroma of it roasting in the oven. Well, it took so long to get the car fixed that by the time I arrived at her house, I wouldn't have been able to cook and serve dinner until very late. And then I remembered how often I had been told that you can think of a turkey as a big chicken, so I cut it into parts: wing, drumstick, thigh, breast. It cut down the cooking time by two-thirds, and everyone really liked the way we rescued Thanksgiving.

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Ingredients

For the brine

  • 4 Cups water
  • 1/2-3/4 Cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 10 whole allspice
  • 10 cloves
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 5 star anise
  • 7-8 sprigs thyme
  • 1/2 Cup olive oil
  • One 12- to 15-pound turkey, cut into 8 pieces

For the spicy gremolata

  • 1 1/2 Cup packed flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 Cup sage leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 Teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 Cup olive oil

Directions

For the brine

Combine all of the ingredients except for the turkey in a large resealable plastic bag, and shake to dissolve the salt and sugar. Place the turkey parts in the bag, and place in the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.

For the spicy gremolata

In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Remove the turkey from the brine and rinse thoroughly. Pat dry. Gently loosen the skin from the turkey pieces and liberally rub the gremolata under the skin on each part.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sear each piece until golden brown on all sides. Place seared pieces on a baking sheet, and finish cooking them in the oven. Cook until all the pieces have an internal temperature of 170 degrees, for 1-1 ½ hours.

Nutritional Facts
Servings6
Calories Per Serving1449
Total Fat78g100%
Sugar13gN/A
Saturated16g80%
Cholesterol522mg100%
Protein159g100%
Carbs23g8%
Vitamin A225µg25%
Vitamin B129µg100%
Vitamin B65mg100%
Vitamin C34mg57%
Vitamin D2µg1%
Vitamin E7mg33%
Vitamin K361µg100%
Calcium264mg26%
Fiber5g19%
Folate (food)92µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)92µg23%
Iron11mg59%
Magnesium231mg58%
Monounsaturated40gN/A
Niacin (B3)56mg100%
Phosphorus1361mg100%
Polyunsaturated15gN/A
Potassium1894mg54%
Riboflavin (B2)1mg83%
Sodium2935mg100%
Sugars, added12gN/A
Thiamin (B1)0.4mg28%
Trans0.4gN/A
Zinc14mg91%