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This actually Martha's Turkey 101 and without a doubt always turns out perfect. Moist, flavorful, beautiful color! I make turkey many times throughout the year and still experiment with techniques, but this is absolutely tried and true and the one I come back to. Though now, when time and my memory permits, I do brine it for a day or two as well just to put it over the top in subtle, aromatic, even flavor.
This is a game changer! I discovered this recipe about 10 years ago and while looks aren't everthing, it comes out looking like turkey bling. First time I tried it, I received gasps from guests at the perfect texture and color. I got the jabs too for turning into Martha. After a few years, guests expected nothing less than perfection. I improvised a few times and have done several versions of herbed butter stuffed under the skin of the breasts (herbs de Provence is subtle) and that increased the already, as-is succulent meat of this recipe if followed closely on basting. Guys and gals, there's a reason Martha and her talented staff are so successful. Whoda Thunkit? Martha's Turkey Bling!
This recipe for roasting the turkey was perfect when combined with yet another Martha Stewart recipe for brine Turkey Brine With Wine - Martha Stewart. Thanks for posting!
Seriously the best foolproof method for cooking a turkey. And it come out looking like it belongs on the cover of a magazine. I can only say that last year I brined my turkey for 24 hours, let it air dry overnight in fridge, and then cooked a la. Martha and the result was out of this world. doing it the same way again this year. Absolutely astounding.well worth the effort.
I wanted to try a different turkey recipe this year and chose this one! Excellent process for cooking turkey! I embellished the recipe somewhat, adding fresh rosemary, sage, lemon zest and thyme to the wine butter mixture used for basting. I also added the remaining basting liquid to the giblet stock before making the gravy. I used Giblet Stock from Turkey or Chicken or ?? for Soup or Gravy to make the giblet stock and kept the carrots in the mixture after straining. I strained the drippings and put them in the refrigerator to easily remove the oil that separated. I added 2/3 cup of flour and whisked it in the drippings before adding it to the boiling stock to make the gravy. I also added about 2 T of fresh rosemary to finish it off. Delicious!