Easy Roasted Turkey
At the table (or in the kitchen), carve only what you think you’ll need for the initial round of servings: Meat loses moisture once it’s cut up. A whole breast makes for better leftovers than slices. Recipe by Kate Merker, November 2010. From the Real Simple website: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/easy-roasted-turkey-00000000044757/index.html.
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- 1 12-pound whole(s) turkey, thawed if frozen
- 12 sprig(s) fresh thyme
- 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
- 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- Kosher salt
- 2 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 stalk(s) celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 cup(s) low-sodium chicken broth (if needed)
- 1. Heat oven to 375° F. Working on a baking sheet, remove the giblets and neck from the cavity. Reserve the neck and discard the giblets. Using a paper towel, pat the turkey dry of juices. Stuff with the thyme and half the onions.
- 2. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine. Tuck the wing tips underneath the body (this will prevent them from burning).
- 3. Rub the turkey all over with the butter and season with 1 teaspoon salt, making sure to reach the crevices of the legs and wings. Be careful not to tear the delicate skin.
- 4. Place the turkey neck, carrots, celery, and remaining onions in a large flameproof roasting pan. Put a roasting rack in the pan and place the turkey on top of it.
- 5. Roast the turkey, basting every 30 minutes with the pan juices. (Basting will not make the meat moister, but it will produce an evenly browned skin.)
- 6. If the turkey begins to darken and there is still a substantial amount of cooking time left, tent it loosely with foil. If the vegetables begin to scorch, add some broth to the pan.
- 7. Continue roasting until the thickest part of a thigh registers 165° F, 2½ to 3 hours. Tilt the turkey to empty the juices into the pan. Transfer the turkey to a carving board, tent with foil, and let rest for at least 25 minutes. Reserve the pan and its contents for Basic Gravy.
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