Citrus-Sage Roast Turkey with Gravy: Large Crowd
Citrus-Sage Roast Turkey with Gravy: Large Crowd
  • prep: 1 hr
  • cook: 4 hr
  • total: 5 hr
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  • Summary

    Sage is to turkey what cinnamon is to apples; they go together like bread and butter. The seasoned butter on this bird is a bright and herbal mix of chopped sage leaves and fresh orange and lemon zest, which bathes the breast with the essence of the Thanksgiving aroma. For the all-important gravy, we offer two homemade options for stock, as well as store-bought chicken broth. We can't rave enough about the gravy made from the brown turkey stock. Trust us when we say it produces the most soul-satisfying sauce, and because it's not dependent on the giblets from your turkey, it can be made weeks ahead and frozen. If you're hosting a smaller group for Thanksgiving this year, such as a group of four, or perhaps even just the two of you, we suggest forgoing the whole bird for a turkey breast with the same prep. Editor's Note: This recipe is part of our Gourmet Modern Menu for Thanksgiving for 2 or 20. Menu also includes: Roasted Butternut Squash Ribbons with Arugula, Pancetta, and Hazelnut Salad; Mashed Potato and Cauliflower Gratin; Cabernet-Cranberry Sauce with Figs; Challah, Sausage, and Dried Cherry Stuffing; and for dessert, Apple Crostata with Spiced Caramel Sauce .

    Ingredients

    • 1 (13- to 15-pound) turkey at room temperature 1 hour, any feathers and quills removed with tweezers or needle-nose pliers, and neck and giblets removed and reserved for giblet stock or another use if desired
    • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, well softened
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh sage leaves
    • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    • Salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 navel orange
    • 1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
    • 3 to 4 cups brown turkey stock, giblet stock, or low-sodium chicken broth
    • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
    • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 2 small metal skewers; kitchen string; large flameproof roasting pan (not glass) with a flat rack; instant-read thermometer; 2-quart glass measure

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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 8
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 648 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 13 g 20.45%
    • Saturated Fat: 8 g 39.38%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 36 mg 12.13%
    • Sodium: 141 mg 5.87%
    • Calcium: 52 mg 5.17%
    • Potassium: 77 mg 2.21%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 3 mg 18.97%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 129 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 1 g 5.86%
    • Sugar: 3 g
    • Protein: 2 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 12.4%
    • Vitamin C 24.7%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat3
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch8
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total5 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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