I took a chance making this turkey on a very special day, not knowing how it would turn out. But everyone loved it(and it was a cheaper turkey). I did not make the gravy from the drippings,I made my own. I had to cook my turkey (16 lb.)for five hours.
I used this same recipe last night from a southern living cookbook. I really didn't think it was all that special. My family didnt notice any difference in the meat and they all said that the skin wasn't very good (which was always their favorite part of the turkey). I was expecting a "Wow! This is really different" and just didn't get it. Still yummy just not WOW.