This really is a moist and flavourful way to cook a turkey. The smell alone, when it is roasting, lures everyone into the kitchen. You can hardly wait for it to be done so you can tuck in to it. I have done this with turkey crowns as well with lots of success. I hope you will try it and like it as much as we do. This recipe was a grand prize winner in a Taste of Home turkey recipe contest.
- 14 lbs turkey
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 18 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
- 4 medium onions, sliced
- 4 celery ribs, sliced
- 2 medium carrots, sliced
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon peppercorn
- 1⁄2 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage (or 1/2 tsp rubbed sage)
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
- 1 teaspoon minced chives
- Rub the surface of the turkey and sprinkle cavity with salt and pepper.
- Place 12 sprigs of thyme in cavity.
- In a large heavy roasting pan, place onions, celery, carrots, bay leaves, peppercorns and remaining thyme sprigs.
- Place the turkey, breast side up, over the vegetables.
- Drizzle butter over turkey and sprinkle with minced herbs.
- Cover loosely with foil.
- Bake at 325*F for 2 1/2 hours.
- Remove foil; bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours longer, basting every 20 minutes.
- Cover and let stand for 20 minutes before carving.
- For gravy, add a couple of cups of stock to vegetables in pan and heat to deglaze.
- Strain into a saucepan and thicken with some flour and water.
- (I put some cold water into a jar, add a few TBS of flour, screw the lid on and shake it til it is well mixed. Then I strain it thru a tea strainer to keep any lumps of flour out).