Thursday, November 17, 2016

Turkey and Gravy

1 (12 to 14 lb.) turkey, neck and giblets removed and reserved for stock.  Serves 8 to 10
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup minced green onions 

1/3 cup minced Italian parsley 
3 T. minced fresh oregano
3 T. minced fresh rosemary 
3 T. Dijon mustard
3 T. fresh lemon juice
3 T. olive oil

3 T. melted butter
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Rinse turkey inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Place the bird, breast side down, on a cutting board. Using poultry shears and/or a large knife or cleaver, cut along one side of the backbone until the bird is split open. Cut down the other side of the backbone to free it—reserve backbone for stock.

2. Turn turkey over, breast side up, opening it as flat as possible and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin or your hands, press it firmly to break the breastbone and flatten the bird. You may want to wash and pat dry the turkey again.

3. For the herb rub, mix together the garlic, green onions, parsley, oregano, rosemary, mustard, lemon juice and olive oil. Use your fingers to push some of the herb mixture under the skin of the breast and legs. Rub the remaining herb mixture over the surface of the turkey. Place on a baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 to 24 hours. Remove turkey 1 1/2 to 2 hours before cooking allowing it to come closer to room temperature.

4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place turkey, skin side up, on a rack set in a roasting pan and tuck the legs in tightly close to the body. Brush with melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Roast Turkey for 30 minutes and then lower oven temperature to 350 degrees. Continue roasting until skin is crisp and deep brown and an instant thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, away from the bone registers 165 to 170 degrees, 1 1/4 to 2 1/4 hours. Transfer turkey to a warmed serving platter and tent with foil; let rest for 30 to 45 minutes. Pour any juices out of the roasting pan and into a fat separator. Let stand a few minutes and pour off juices to use as part of the liquid in the gravy. Carve and serve with gravy.
Phillis Carey’s Recipes of the Week—The Turkey Collection 11/16/16 -- page 1


2 T. vegetable oil
Neck, heart and gizzard reserved from turkey Backbone cut out of the turkey, cut in half
2 large onions, quartered with skins
4 carrots, peeled and cut in 1 inch pieces
4 stalks celery, cut in 1 inch pieces
6 cloves garlic, peeled
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 small bay leaves
6 black peppercorns
7 cups turkey or chicken broth


Heat oil in large pot over medium high heat. Add turkey parts and sauté until brown, about 10 minutes. Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves and broth; bring to a boil. Skim the fat and foam from the top; reduce heat and partially cover pot and simmer until liquid is reduced to 6 cups, about 2 hours. Cool 1 hour, strain and remove all fat. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.

3/4 cup unsalted butter
3 cups chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Turkey Drippings and stock to make 4 cups, 

2 T. brandy
2 T. white wine, optional
2 T. heavy cream, optional
Makes about 5 cups.


1. In a large sauté pan, cook the butter and onions over medium-low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Don't rush this step; it makes all the difference when the onions are well-cooked.

2. Sprinkle the flour into the pan, stirring to coat the onions; add the salt and pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the hot stock mixture and Brandy; cook uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes until thickened. Add the wine and cream, if desired. Season to taste with more salt and some pepper. (It’s ok to make the gravy ahead if you have your stock ready, adding turkey drippings to thin gravy as you reheat it.)

Makes 6 cups.

Phillis Carey’s Recipes of the Week—The Turkey Collection 11/16/16 -- 

1/2 lb. bacon (not too lean), 
chopped 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
1 1/2 T. fresh thyme leaves,

plus 1 thyme sprig
Salt and freshly ground pepper 

One 16- to 18-pound turkey
6 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
Serves 8 to 10.
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 large onions, chopped
1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 large garlic clove, smashed 

Unsalted butter, if needed
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
5 cups Turkey Stock or Chicken broth

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, combine the bacon, parsley, thyme leaves, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper; process to a paste.

2. Using your fingers, gently separate the turkey skin from the breast and legs. Season the turkey cavities with salt and pepper. Carefully spread the bacon paste under the loosened skin and press gently on the outside of the skin to evenly distribute. Season the outside of the turkey with salt and pepper and tie the legs together tightly with kitchen string. (Can be refrigerated at this point overnight. Bring to room temperature before roasting.)

3. Scatter the celery, carrots and white onions in a large roasting pan and set the turkey on top. Tightly cover the bird with 2 sheets of oiled foil and roast on the lowest rack of the oven for 2 1/2 hours. Remove the foil and continue to roast for 1 hour, or until the turkey is browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the inner thigh registers 170°. Transfer the turkey to a carving board, cover loosely with foil and let rest for 45 to 60 minutes before carving.

4. Meanwhile, strain the pan juices into a bowl; skim off the fat, reserving 1/3 cup (if not enough add butter to make up the difference). Place the roasting pan directly on the stove and add 2 cups of the Turkey stock or chicken broth and bring to a boil scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add broth to the Turkey Stockyou should have a total of 4 cups liquid plus the pan juices from the turkey.

5. Pour reserved fat into a large, deep skillet. Add the sweet onion and thyme sprig and cook over moderately high heat until the onion is browned, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, then stir in the flour. Gradually add the Turkey stock, whisking constantly, until smooth. Whisk in the reserved pan juices and simmer the gravy over low heat, whisking often, until no floury taste remains, about 15 minutes.

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