In this herb-roasted turkey recipe, apples and shallots cook inside the bird to keep the meat moist and add rich flavor. The extra shallots in the roasting pan also give the gravy recipe a rich, caramelized-onion depth and, with apple cider, the gravy is out-of-this-world delicious. The easy turkey stock adds extra flavor to the gravy, but you can use chicken broth instead with good results.

Kathy Farrell-Kingsley
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2007






Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare turkey: Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 475 degrees F.

  • Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavities and reserve to make stock. Place the turkey, breast-side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan; pat dry with paper towels.

  • Combine oil, chopped herbs, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture all over the turkey, under the skin and onto the breast meat. Place herb sprigs, 6 shallot halves and apple in the cavity. Tuck the wing tips under the turkey. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. Add 3 cups water to the pan.

  • Roast the turkey until the skin is golden brown, 45 minutes. Remove from the oven. If using a remote digital thermometer, insert it into the deepest part of the thigh, close to the joint. Cover just the breast with a double layer of foil, cutting as necessary to fit. Scatter the remaining shallots in the pan around the turkey.

  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees . Return the turkey to the oven and continue roasting until the thermometer (or an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone) registers 165 degrees F, 1 to 1 3/4 hours more. If the pan dries out, add 1 cup water and tilt the turkey to let juices run out of the cavity into the pan.

  • Meanwhile, prepare stock: Combine neck and giblets (except liver), 6 cups water, onion, carrot and celery in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add peppercorns, bay leaf and thyme. Reduce heat and simmer, skimming and discarding any foam, for 1 hour.

  • Strain stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl and let cool. Discard solids.

  • When the turkey is done, transfer to a serving platter (reserve pan juices and shallots), tent with foil and let rest for 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, prepare gravy: Whisk 1/2 cup of the cooled stock with flour in a small bowl until smooth.

  • Set the roasting pan over two burners on medium-high heat. Add cider and vinegar; bring to a boil and cook, scraping up the browned bits from the pan, until the liquid is reduced by about half, 6 to 8 minutes. Add 3 1/2 cups of the stock. Increase heat to high; return to a boil, whisking often. Boil until the liquid is reduced by about half, 8 to 12 minutes.

  • Whisk the flour mixture into the pan. Boil, whisking constantly, until the gravy is thickened, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour the gravy through a fine sieve into a large measuring cup. (Discard the solids.) Season with salt and pepper.

  • Remove the string from the turkey and carve. Serve with the gravy.


Equipment: Kitchen string

Nutrition Facts

162 calories; protein 25.5g; carbohydrates 3.4g; dietary fiber 0.2g; sugars 2g; fat 4.4g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 89mg; vitamin a iu 519.7IU; vitamin c 1.1mg; folate 14.1mcg; calcium 15.5mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 28mg; potassium 226mg; sodium 176.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Delicious turkey! I used a 13.5 lb bird and brined it the night previous using Alton Brown's turkey brine recipe. The turkey took about 3 1/2 hours to cook. The skin got beautifully browned in the first 45 minutes and looked great! I used a digital thermometer (good thing I did because the pop-up timer never popped!) and pulled the bird when it read 163 degrees let it rest for twenty minutes while I made the gravy and it was beautifully moist with GREAT flavor! I forgot the parsley in the herb mixture but it still tasted great. Best bird I have ever made - very impressed with this recipe and will definitely use again! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Choose your canola oil carefully!! Mine smoked I learned (too late) that the smoking temp of canola oil varies (some as low as 225F others up to 425F). Mine smoked at about 300F and the drippings burned onto the bottom of the pan...and I mean BURNED. Could not use the drippings for gravy as planned. I would not use this recipe again. Pros: Browned nicely Cons: Canola oil burned in roasting pan unsuitable for gravy Read More