I'll do a better job with the turkey photography this year - but my recipe will not change. Here it is:
Roasted Turkey with Herb Butter:
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- 3 tbsp. of chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh sage
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
- 3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
For the turkey:
- one batch of herb butter
- one whole turkey (determine size by using the calculator)
- Stuffing of your choice, if desired*
- 1 large parsnip, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
- 8 to 10 shallots, peeled and halved
- Some good quality Vin Santo
- Some chicken broth
Place your turkey in a large roasting pan and scatter the parsnips, carrots, onions and shallots around the turkey in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle main cavity of turkey with salt and pepper and fill with your desired stuffing, if using. Starting at neck end, carefully slide your hand between skin and breast meat to loosen skin. Spread 3 tablespoons of the herb butter over breast meat (under the skin). Then rub 4 tablespoons herb butter over turkey skin on the outside of the breast and drizzle about a 1/2 cup of Vin Santo over the turkey.
Throw the whole shebang into the oven and roast for the necessary amount of time - as determined by the turkey calculator and your trusty instant read thermometer. Keep an eye on your bird, and when the breast has browned to your satisfaction, cover it with foil. About half-way through your roasting time, add some chicken broth to the bottom of the roasting pan - about a cup or so and continue roasting until the turkey is done.
Once it has cooked, remove it from the oven, tent the whole thing with foil and allow the bird to rest for 20 to 30 minutes before carving. You can use this time to make the gravy ... which we will discuss tomorrow! By the time the turkey has cooked, all of those delicious aromatic veggies will have caramelized and they will lend outstanding flavor to your gravy ... so don't throw them away.
*We'll get to the stuffing later in the week as well. Stuffing is a sensitive subject. Bread? Meat? Both? Neither? Its enough to make your head spin - and far too complicated to begin discussing now. We'll cover the topic on Friday. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, what size bird will you be roasting this year? Hungry Diva wants to know!