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Recipe for Accidental Make-Ahead Turkey by Dawn’s Recipes

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Recipe for Accidental Make-Ahead Turkey by Dawn's Recipes

We’ve outlined all the ingredients and directions for you to make the perfect Accidental Make-Ahead Turkey. This dish qualifies as a Easy level recipe. It should take you about 2 hr 45 min to make this recipe. The Accidental Make-Ahead Turkey recipe should make enough food for 10 servings.

You can add your own personal twist to this Accidental Make-Ahead Turkey recipe, depending on your culture or family tradition. Don’t be scared to add other ingredients once you’ve gotten comfortable with the recipe! Please see below for a list of potential cookware items that might be necessary for this Accidental Make-Ahead Turkey recipe.

Ingredients for Accidental Make-Ahead Turkey

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 (12- to 14-pound) fresh turkey
  • 1 large yellow onion, unpeeled and cut in eighths
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy (see recipe)
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 large red onion, halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups good chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 2 tablespoons Cognac or brandy
  • 10 large fresh sage leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio

Directions for Accidental Make-Ahead Turkey

  1. Two or three days before you plan to roast the turkey, combine 3 tablespoons salt, the rosemary, and lemon zest. Wash the turkey inside and out, drain it well, and pat it dry with paper towels. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the salt mixture in the cavity of the turkey and rub the rest on the skin, including under the wings and legs. Place the turkey in a shallow dish to catch any drips and wrap the whole dish tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one or two days. The day before you plan to roast the turkey, remove the plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge. The skin will dry out and turn a little translucent.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Be sure your oven is very clean!
  3. Place the onion, lemon, and thyme in the cavity. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tie the wings close to the body. Brush the turkey with the butter and sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast the turkey for 45 minutes, placing it in the oven legs first. Lower the temperature to 325 degrees F and roast it for about another hour, until 165 degrees F for the breast and 180 degrees in the thigh on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from the oven, cover the turkey tightly with aluminum foil, and allow it to rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Carve the turkey and arrange it on a platter. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and allow the turkey to sit at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
  6. To reheat, pour a 1/4-inch layer of the gravy into a large (12 × 16-inch) ovenproof serving platter (make sure it’s ovenproof!). Arrange the turkey artfully on top of the gravy. Place the platter uncovered into the oven for 15 to 30 minutes, until the turkey is very hot. Serve hot with extra gravy on the side.
  7. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute, stirring often, for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onion becomes browned and starts to caramelize. Sprinkle on the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock, Cognac, sage leaves, bay leaves, 2 teaspoons salt (depending on the saltiness of the chicken stock), and 1 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour and strain, pressing the solids lightly and then discarding them. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  8. After the turkey is cooked, remove it to a carving board to rest while you finish the gravy. Place the roasting pan on the stovetop over medium heat and add the wine. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring and scraping up all the bits clinging to the bottom of the pan. Slowly whisk the gravy base into the pan. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until the gravy is smooth and slightly thickened. Taste for seasonings and serve hot.
  9. “Make it Ahead” by Ina Garten © Clarkson Potter 2014. Provided courtesy of Ina Garten. All rights reserved.

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  • Cooking pots
  • Frying pan
  • Steamers
  • Colander
  • Skillet
  • Knives
  • Cutting board
  • Grater
  • Saucepan
  • Stockpot
  • Spatula
  • Tongs
  • Measuring cups
  • Wooden Spoon

Categories in this Recipe

  • Make Ahead
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Chef Dawn

Chef Dawn lives and breathes food, always seeking new ingredients to whip up super simple recipes that are big on bold flavor. Being half French, she tends to treat food as a source of pleasure rather than just fuel for our bodies.

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