Tuesday, November 23, 2010

twenty-ten turkey

It seems like every year I am in search of
a new recipe for our Thanksgiving Turkey.
This year (2010) it will be a recipe {slightly adapted} from
Chef Jason Franey ( Canlis Restaurant ~ Seattle, Washington)

Slow-Roasted Turkey with Orange and Sage
by Serves 6

1 (14-pound) turkey
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 navel oranges, washed
1 bunch fresh sage
1 cups (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 small onion

One day before roasting turkey:
Salt both cavities. Prick oranges all over with the tines of a fork and stuff inside turkey cavity along with sage to keep the turkey’s plump shape. Put a small onion in the neck cavity.

Using a piece of kitchen twine truss the legs and wings close to the turkey body.

Place turkey on a rimmed baking pan, breast side up, and refrigerate uncovered overnight to begin dehydrating the skin

On Thanksgiving morning:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Fit a roasting pan with a rack and transfer turkey to rack; season with salt and pepper. Let stand 15 minutes.

Brush turkey with clarified butter and transfer to oven.

Clarified butter:
Place butter in a saucepan over a very low heat. Let the butter melt slowly; do not stir the butter while it is melting. Let it sit for a bit to separate. Skim off the foam that rises to the top, Let the butter sit a few minutes to allow the milk solids to settle to the bottom.

Roast, rotating every hour 1/2 hour and brushing with browned butter, for 2 hours.

Using a digital thermometer, check temperature of turkey by inserting into the largest part of the thigh. Continue cooking turkey until it reaches 160 degrees on instant-read thermometer, 1 to 1 1/2 hours more.

Remove from oven and let stand 20 minutes before carving.

Garnish platter with sliced oranges and sage leaves and serve.

I am hoping it will look like one of these . . .

from google images (click for larger view)


Christine said...

Canlis? Been there once and I eat the best meal ever! Your turkey will be a winner.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Crickit said...

Happy Thanksgiving Mary!

Dayle said...

Sounds just yummy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

dee dee said...

Ohhhhh yummy!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Dee Dee

Betsy said...

That sounds soooo scrumptious!!!

Hope it's very tasty. Happy Thanksgiving!

Beth @ Dirty Laundry said...

Makes me glad all I have to make are the pies...sounds way too hard! Happy Thanksgiving, I hope the bird is perfect!

Susan said...

Wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings!

Just a little something from Judy said...

This recipe sounds like it would taste so good. Would you cook a turkey like this again? Thanks for sharing the recipe.