Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time
50 Mins
Total Time
11 Hours 30 Mins
Serves 16 (serving size: about 6 oz. turkey and 3 tbsp. gravy)

Instead of a wet brine, this bird uses a dry salt and sugar cure, which will concentrate flavor and help it brown. Hard herbs (fresh sage, rosemary, and thyme) hold up beautifully while roasting, imparting a woodsy, savory note to the meat. Soft herbs (parsley and chives) garnish the turkey and perk up the finished gravy. The wine in the roasting pan will keep the bird moist as it roasts and flavor the pan drippings used for the gravy.

How to Make It

Step 1

Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve neck. Trim excess fat. Pat turkey dry. Rub 2 teaspoons salt and sugar over breasts, thighs, and drumsticks. Place turkey in a shallow dish; refrigerate, uncovered, 8 hours or overnight.

Step 2

Let turkey stand at room temperature 1 hour.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Step 4

Chop half of herb blend; combine with butter, and set aside. Chop parsley to equal 1/4 cup; reserve.

Step 5

Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under turkey. Place remaining half of herb blend, remaining bunch of parsley, lemons, and garlic in body cavity. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Place turkey on the rack of a roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Place neck in bottom of pan. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes.

Step 6

Reduce oven temperature to 350°F (do not remove turkey from oven). Brush reserved butter mixture over turkey. Add 1 cup wine to pan. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour, basting with juices from pan every 20 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup wine to pan. Cover turkey loosely with foil; bake at 350°F for 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 160°F.

Step 7

Remove from oven; place turkey on a cutting board (reserve neck). Let stand, loosely covered with foil, 20 minutes (internal temperature will rise to 165°F). Uncover; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons reserved chopped parsley and 2 tablespoons chives. Remove skin before serving, if desired.

Step 8

Remove all but 1/4 cup pan drippings from roasting pan. Heat roasting pan over medium. Add 1/2 cup stock to 1/4 cup drippings in pan; bring to a boil, scraping to loosen browned bits. Pour stock mixture into a medium saucepan. Add reserved neck and 3 cups stock; bring to a boil. Combine remaining 1/2 cup stock and flour in a bowl. Stir flour mixture into stock mixture; cook 10 minutes or until reduced to about 3 cups, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining 1 teaspoon salt, remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, remaining 2 tablespoons chives, and pepper. Serve gravy with turkey.

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