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For the Turkey
1 10- to 12-pound turkey
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
For the Gravy
1 1/2 to 2 cups pan drippings from the turkey
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 to 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
|For the Turkey|
Heat oven to 425°F. Remove the turkey giblets. Rinse the turkey inside and out under cool running water,
then pat dry with paper towels. Place the turkey on a wire rack in a metal roasting pan. Spread the oil
evenly over the turkey and season with the salt and pepper. Roast the turkey until golden brown, about 45
minutes. Add about 1 cup of water to the pan and cover the turkey loosely with a large sheet of foil.
Reduce heat to 375°F. Continue to roast until a thermometer inserted in a thigh registers 180°F,
about 1 3/4 hours more, depending on the size of the turkey. Leave the foil in place and let
the turkey rest for at least 30 minutes before carving. (If making gravy, reserve the pan drippings.)
|Tip: If you need a large turkey, consider buying two 10- to 12-pound birds and roasting them side by side.
Small turkeys cook (and defrost) much more quickly than supersize ones, and they tend to stay moister.|
|For the Gravy|
Using a spoon, remove and discard the fat from the surface of the pan drippings.
In a skillet, over low heat, melt the butter. Stirring constantly, sprinkle the flour
over the butter. Cook, still stirring, until the mixture becomes a smooth paste, about
3 minutes. Still stirring constantly, slowly add the pan drippings, 1/2 cup at a time,
and wait until the mixture is smooth before adding more. Add 1/2 cup of the broth and
stir until smooth. For a thinner consistency, add more broth, a few tablespoons at a
time. Strain just before serving.
|Tip: If you notice a lump or two while you're stirring, don't worry.
They'll disappear when you strain the gravy.|
|NUTRITION PER SERVING (for the Turkey)
CALORIES 699 (51% from fat); FAT 38g (sat 9g); SUGAR 0g; PROTEIN 83g; CHOLESTEROL 278mg;
SODIUM 970mg; FIBER 0g; CARBOHYDRATE 0g