Dry-Brined Herb & Garlic Turkey with Roasted Vegetables

Prep time: 20min
Total time: 150min
Serves 8
1/4 lb
1 fresh or frozen turkey, thawed if previously frozen
6.2 kg
1/4 cup
kosher salt
60 mL
2 tsp
pepper
10 mL
2
onions, halved and divided
2
ribs celery
2
carrots, peeled
8
cloves garlic, peel on
6
sprigs fresh sage
6
sprigs fresh rosemary
1/3 cup
Garlic Herb Butter: unsalted butter, softened
75 mL
3 tbsp
chopped fresh sage
45 mL
1 tbsp
chopped fresh rosemary
15 mL
2
cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp
paprika
15 mL
3 cups
Less-sodium chicken broth
750 mL
3 tbsp
all-purpose flour
45 mL
1/4 cup
Chopped fresh parsley
60 mL
calories
320
fat
17 g
saturated fat
6 g
carbs
1 g
protein
41 g
cholestrol
125 mg
sodium
1120 mg

Directions

  1. Pat turkey dry with paper towel. Transfer to large rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan. Stir salt with pepper until well combined and season cavity and turkey on all sides. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Add 3 onion halves, celery, carrots and garlic cloves to large roasting pan; set aside. Pat turkey dry with paper towel. Meanwhile, stir together butter with chopped sage and rosemary, garlic and paprika until well combined.

  3. Loosen the skin from the breast with your fingers and rub Garlic Herb Butter under skin. Place remaining onion, sage sprigs and rosemary sprigs inside cavity.

  4. Tie legs together with butcher twine and tuck in wing tips. Place turkey, breast side up, in roasting pan on top of vegetables and roast in lower third of oven for 30 min. Reduce temperature to 325°F (160° C) and continue to cook for 1 hr 40 min. to 2 hrs or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of inner thigh registers 185°F (85°C).

  5. Transfer turkey to serving platter and tent chicken with foil for 20 min. before removing twine and slicing.

  6. Meanwhile, skim fat off drippings and cook drippings in roasting pan set over medium heat. Whisk 1/2 cup (125 mL) chicken broth with flour until smooth. Whisk in remaining chicken broth and gradually stir flour mixture into pan, scraping bottom of pan to incorporate into sauce; simmer for 10 to 12 min. or until thickened. Stir in parsley.

  7. Serve turkey with pan gravy.

Tip

Thaw turkey on tray in lower section of fridge to prevent cross-contamination and dripping for 2 to 3 days, until completely thawed. (Allow 5 hours per pound defrosting time).