An Inspired Thanksgiving

| November 9, 2007

  • Holiday Turkey
    Anyone can roast the perfect turkey with these simple instructions.
    Lori Dunn

  • Holiday Turkey

The Perfect Turkey: A few simple herbs add an easy twist on the traditional roast turkey. All you need to do is rub a few herbs on the turkey before it goes into the oven, and your family will clamor for seconds. This recipe from Grit’s recipe archives gives you the directions for the herbal rub, as well as directions for the Perfect Roast Turkey and gravy.

Perfect Roast Turkey 

1 turkey (10 to 12 pounds) with pop-up timer
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried sage
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon dried celery seed
Salt and freshly ground pepper
8 cups turkey stock or canned chicken broth, divided

Place oven rack in lowest position; heat oven to 325°F.

Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water and pat dry. Pull wing tips up and tuck between wings and body; place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in an open roasting pan. Rub turkey with softened butter.

In small bowl, crush herbs together and rub over turkey. Season turkey with salt and pepper.

Tightly cover breast area with aluminum foil. Pour 2 cups stock into the bottom of roaster and roast, basting turkey all over every 30 minutes for about 2 hours (lift up the foil to reach the breast area). Remove foil to allow breast skin to brown; roast for about another hour until the pop-up timer indicates turkey is done.

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