Classic Roast Turkey
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- 1 12- to 14-pound turkey, giblets removed
- 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley
- kitchen string (optional)
- 4 small carrots, cut into quarters lengthwise
- 2 stalks celery, cut into 3-inch-long strips
- 2 medium yellow onions, cut into wedges
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt and pepper
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 3 sprigs rosemary
- Heat oven to 425° F.
- Pat the turkey dry with paper towels. Place the wings underneath the body. Place the rosemary and parsley in the cavity. If you like a tidy-looking bird, tie the drumsticks together using the kitchen string.
- Place the carrots, celery, and onions in a metal roasting pan. Transfer the turkey to a wire rack and place it on top of the vegetables. Drizzle the skin with the oil and, using your fingers, spread it on evenly. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Roast the turkey uncovered until browned, 30 to 45 minutes.
- Add the broth to the pan. Cover the turkey loosely with foil. Reduce oven temperature to 350° F. Roast until a thermometer
inserted in a thigh registers 165° F, about 2 hours. Let the turkey rest for at least 30 minutes before carving. Reserve the
pan drippings and vegetables for the gravy.
- Per Serving
- Calories 574Calories From Fat 49%
- Fat 31g
- Sat Fat 8g
- Cholesterol 229mg
- Sodium 365mg
- Carbohydrate 0g
- Fiber 0g
- Sugar 0g
- Protein 68g
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .
Free-range birds have a more robust turkey flavor and substantial texture than coop-raised ones. They tend to be moist but not exceptionally so.