Prep 45 mins
Cook 4 hrs
Every Thanksgiving, we've tried a different turkey recipe. This is a good one that we have tried. A mixture of prosciutto, rosemary and plenty of garlic rubbed under the skin of the turkey gives it a distinctively delicious taste. True garlic lovers can squeeze some of the pan-roasted garlic into the gravy for even more flavor. Begin the meal with an appetizer of chilled shrimp with lemon and dill, and offer a radicchio salad as a first course. Pour a Chianti Classico Riserva. From Bon Appetit, December 1995.
- 18 lbs turkey (to 20)
- 4 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
- 4 tablespoons garlic, chopped
- 8 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced, chopped
- olive oil
- 3 heads garlic, each cut in half horizontally
- 2 cups chicken broth (or more)
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 3 1⁄2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- rosemary sprig
- Pat turkey dry.
- Run hands under skin of turkey, separating skin from breast and thighs.
- Rub 3 tablespoons rosemary and 3 tablespoons garlic under skin over breast and thighs.
- Carefully arrange half of prosciutto under skin over breast and thighs.
- Rub 1 tablespoon rosemary and 1 tablespoon garlic inside cavity of turkey.
- Sprinkle remaining prosciutto into cavity.
- Place turkey in heavy large roasting pan.
- Cover with plastic and chill overnight.
- Preheat oven to 450°F
- Rub outside of turkey with oil.
- Season with pepper.
- Place 1 head of garlic in cavity of turkey.
- Place 2 heads of garlic in roasting pan.
- Tie turkey legs together.
- Roast turkey 30 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 325°F
- Continue roasting turkey until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180°F, basting occasionally with 2 cups broth, about 3 hours.
- Transfer turkey to platter.
- Surround with roasted garlic and garlic from turkey cavity.
- Remove prosciutto from turkey cavity; reserve.
- Tent turkey with foil.
- Pour pan juices into large glass measuring cup.
- Skim fat from surface of pan juices, reserving 3 tablespoons fat.
- Set roasting pan over medium-high heat.
- Add wine and bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits.
- Add wine mixture to pan juices in cup (liquids should measure 2 1/2 cups; if not, add more both or boil until reduced to 2 1/2 cups).
- Heat reserved 3 tablespoons fat in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Add flour; stir until golden, about 2 minutes.
- Whisk in pan juices.
- Mix in 1/2 teaspoon rosemary.
- Boil until thickened to sauce consistency, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
- Mix in reserved prosciutto.
- Garnish turkey with rosemary springs. Serve with gravy.