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Here's the best roast turkey recipe for your holiday festivities. To make the gravy, use instant flour (aka Wondra), which is flour that has been steam-treated then dried. You can use it straight from its package to thicken gravy for your Thanksgiving turkey without making a slurry, as you would have to with regular flour, to get lump-free results every time.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, November 2019


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40 mins
1 day


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  • Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavity; set aside in the refrigerator for Step 4. (Discard liver or freeze for another use.) Place the turkey in a large roasting pan and pat dry with paper towels. Rub salt all over the turkey, including inside the cavity. Refrigerate, breast-side up and uncovered, for 24 hours.

  • Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 500 degrees F.

  • Set a rack in the pan and place the turkey on it, breast-side up. Brush the turkey with oil. Transfer to the oven and reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F. Roast the turkey until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast and the innermost part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

  • Meanwhile, combine water, celery, onion, carrot, bay leaves and thyme with the reserved giblets and neck in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to maintain a bare simmer and cook, uncovered and skimming occasionally, until the stock is well flavored, about 2 hours. Remove from heat and pour the stock through a sieve into a large measuring cup. (Discard the solids.) If necessary, add enough water to make 3 cups.

  • Transfer the turkey to a large cutting board and tent loosely with foil. To prepare gravy, carefully pour the drippings from the roasting pan into a fat separator, leaving about 2 tablespoons of drippings in the pan. Set the pan over 2 burners on medium heat. Add 1 cup of the stock and cook, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon, until the liquid is slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 2 cups stock and the defatted drippings; cook, stirring occasionally, until the gravy is thick and smooth, about 5 minutes. Strain the gravy through a fine-mesh sieve.

  • Carve the turkey and serve with the gravy.

Nutrition Facts

3 oz. turkey & 2 Tbsp. gravy plus leftovers
168 calories; protein 25.2g; carbohydrates 1.5g; sugars 0.2g; fat 6.1g; saturated fat 1.5g; cholesterol 89.8mg; vitamin a iu 12.3IU; folate 8.1mcg; calcium 11.1mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 25.1mg; potassium 224.9mg; sodium 465.1mg.

3 1/2 lean protein, 1/2 fat