Our Classic Roast Turkey
This roast turkey will be the star of your Thanksgiving table. Use our orange and herb butter rub to really make your oven roasted turkey a memorable one. Be sure to make extra old-fashioned stuffing to go with this roast turkey recipe.
Our Classic Roast Turkey
Perfect Turkey Gravy
Stir 1 cup chicken broth into pan drippings from roasted turkey in roasting pan, scraping any browned bits from bottom of pan. Pour drippings into a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Skim and reserve fat from drippings. If necessary, add enough melted butter to the reserved fat to make 1/4 cup. Add enough additional broth to the drippings in the measuring cup to make 2 cups total liquid. Pour the 1/4 cup fat into a 2-qt. saucepan (discard any remaining fat). Whisk in 1/4 cup flour until smooth. Add broth mixture all at once to saucepan, stirring until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Before serving, strain gravy into a serving bowl. Makes 2 cups (1/4 cup each).
Buttery Herb-Rubbed Roast Turkey:
For herb-butter, in a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup softened butter; 3 tablespoons snipped fresh thyme, basil, oregano, and/or chives; and 2 cloves garlic, minced. Prepare turkey as directed, up to placing it in the roasting pan and stopping before brushing the skin with oil. Starting at the tail end of the turkey, loosen the skin on both breasts by sliding your fingers under the skin, being careful not to tear it. Slide your hand as far as you can toward the other end of the turkey, separating the skin from the meat. Rub about two-thirds of the herb-butter seasoning under the skin over the breasts. Rub the remaining herb-butter mixture over the entire turkey. If desired, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast as directed.
If you aren't stuffing the turkey, fill the cavity with aromatics. As they heat, these fruits, vegetables, and herbs release scented steam into the turkey cavity, flavoring the meat from within. Aromatics are not eaten, so no need to remove peels and stems. After sprinkling the cavity with salt and pepper, insert 1 medium orange, cut into wedges; 1 medium apple, cored and cut into wedges; 1 medium onion, cut into wedges; 1 small bulb garlic, top and bottom cut off to expose cloves; and 3 sprigs fresh sage, thyme, and/or rosemary into the cavity. Continue as directed in Step 1. Discard aromatics after roasting
Orange and Herb Butter Rub and Glaze
Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing
Test Kitchen Tip:*
If using to stuff a turkey, reduce broth to 3/4 to 1 cup. Try a mix of whole wheat, white, and multi-grain bread cubes for extra flavor.
Stuffing Addition Options:
1) Stir 2 medium cored and chopped apples into bread cubes. 2) Omit 1 cup of the celery and substitute 2 cups sliced mushrooms. Cook mushrooms with the celery in Step 1, above. 3) Stir one 15-ounce can chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped, into bread cubes. 4) Stir 1 cup cooked wild rice into bread cubes.