Butterflied roast turkey with gravy

Prep 30 min
Total 2 hours 20 min
Serves 8

Thanks to the Spatchcock cooking technique, this turkey will be super juicy with perfectly browned skin (and it cooks in half the time)!

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Ingredients

1/2 cup
butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup
chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup
chopped fresh sage
1 tsp
6-kg
turkey, thawed if purchased frozen

Gravy

3 cups
2 tbsp
1/4 cup
all-purpose flour
1 cup
dry sherry

Instructions

  • PREHEAT oven to 450F. Set a large wire rack on a large rimmed baking sheet. Stir ½ cup butter with thyme, sage and salt in a small bowl.
  • PAT turkey very dry with paper towels. Reserve giblets for gravy. Spatchcock the turkey (see below). Rub herbed butter underneath and over skin of turkey. Season with fresh pepper. Arrange turkey on top of rack so that it does not overlap the edges.
  • ROAST turkey in centre of oven for 30 min. Reduce heat to 400F. Cover turkey with foil if it is browning too quickly. Continue roasting, rotating halfway through, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 170°F, and the thighs register at least 180°F, 1 hour to 1 hour 10 min more.
  • TO make gravy, coarsely chop the neck, backbone and giblets. Cover with water in a saucepan and add bay leaves. Boil, then reduce heat to medium. Gently boil until liquid is reduced to 2 cups, about 45 min. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a measuring cup and discard solids. Skim off any fat from the surface of the broth.
  • MELT 2 tbsp butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly until flour is golden brown, about 1 min. Whisking constantly, add sherry and cook until mixture is smooth, 1 min. Add broth in a thin, steady stream until combined. Boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until gravy is reduced to about 2 cups, about 20 more min. Season with fresh pepper. Cover to keep warm.
  • TRANSFER turkey to a cutting board. Tent loosely with foil and let rest for 20 min before carving. Carefully pour any juices from baking sheet through a fine-mesh strainer into a liquid measuring cup. Skim off excess fat and discard. Whisk juices into gravy.
  • Kitchen Tip: Ask the butcher to cut out the backbone from turkey, if needed.

 

How to spatchcock a turkey

Step 1: Place dried turkey breast-side down on a clean surface.

How to spatchcock a turkey

Step 2: Use sharp poultry shears to cut along both sides of the backbone from end to end. Reserve backbone for gravy.

How to spatchcock a turkey

Step 3: Turn turkey breast-side up. Press hand on 1 side of breast and press hard until bone cracks. Repeat on other side.

How to spatchcock a turkey

Step 4: Place turkey on a rack over a rimed baking sheet. Season according to recipe directions, then roast.

Nutrition

Calories 451
Protein 70 g
Carbohydrates 7 g
Fat 22 g
Sodium 349 mg
Excellent source of vitamin B6
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How to spatchcock a turkey

Issue: October 2016

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Photo credit: Photo, Erik Putz.

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