Smokey Autumn Turkey


6 - 8 servings
1 – 12 pound turkeyturkey1
8 sprigs sage, dividedfresh sage8
2 tablespoons kosher saltkosher salt2
1 tablespoon smoked paprikasmoked paprika1
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepperfreshly ground black pepper¼
1 bunch of thymefresh thyme1
1 medium onion, peeled and cut in quartersonion(s), medium1
1 lemon, cut in quarterslemon(s)1
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oilolive oil2
2 cups low sodium chicken brothchicken broth2
2 tablespoons flourall purpose flour2
½ cup dry white winedry white wine½
2 cups low sodium chicken brothchicken broth2
½ teaspoon kosher saltkosher salt½
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepperfreshly ground black pepper1/8


Starting the day before, if they are included, remove the neck and gizzards from inside the turkey. Discard or save for another use. Using a paper towel, dry the turkey very well inside and out. Slide your hands under the skin of the breast creating 2 pockets. Place 5 leaves of fresh sage, flat, in each pocket. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, paprika and black pepper. Season the bird inside and out rubbing the spices into the bird and seasoning heavier on the thicker parts. Place the turkey in a large zipper bag or in the roasting pan covered loosely and refrigerate for at least 12 hour or up to 24.

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.

Remove the turkey from the refrigerator 30 minutes before roasting. Stuff the cavity of the bird with the remaining sage, thyme, onion and the lemon pieces. Using butchers twine, cross the ankles of the bird and tie the legs together. Brush the outside of the turkey with the olive oil. Place the bird in a roasting pan or on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 30minutes. After 30 minutes, reduce the heat to 375 degrees and add the chicken broth to the bottom of the pan. Continue to roast, basting every 45 minutes, until an internal temperature in the thigh of the turkey reads 160 degrees, about 2 hours more. Cover with foil if the skin begins to darken too quickly.

Remove the bird from the pan and allow it to rest for 20 minutes before slicing.
Pour the turkey drippings into a medium sauce pan scraping all of the bits from the bottom of the roasting pan. Place the drippings over medium heat and whisk in the flour to form a paste. Cook this over medium high heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until it is a medium amber color. Add the white wine and continue whisking for 1 minute longer. Add the chicken broth, salt and pepper and whisk until smooth. Bring the gravy to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain the gravy through a fine mesh strainer just before serving along side of the turkey.


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