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Roast Turkey With Sherry Gravy

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1 turkey with giblets
--12-to 14-pound
salt & freshly ground black pepper; to taste
1/4 cup dry white wine
--or defatted chicken broth
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 carrots; peeled and chopped
2 onions; chopped
2 stalks celery; chopped
3 cloves garlic; unpeeled
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth; defatted
10 whole black peppercorns; crushed
4 large spri fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup dry sherry
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons cornstarch

1. Position oven rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 425F. Spray a roasting rack with nonstick spray and place in a large roasting pan.

2. Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavity and reserve for stock. (Discard liver.) Trim visible fat from turkey. Rinse inside and out with cold water; pat dry. Season cavity with salt and pepper.

3. Tie drumsticks together with kitchen twine and tuck wing tips behind back. Flace turkey, breast-side up, in prepared pan. Roast for 20 minutes.

4. Reduce oven temperature to 325F and continue roasting, basting with wine (or 1/4 cup broth) occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 180F, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. (If the bird is browning too quickly, tent it loosely with foil.)

5. Meanwhile, in a large heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add carrots, onions, celery, garlic and reserved giblets and neck; cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned, 15 to 30 minutes. Add chicken broth, peppercorns, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve. Chill until ready to use. Skim off fat.

6. When turkey is done, transfer it to a carving board. Tent loosely with foil and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

7. Strain drippings from roasting pan into a small bowl; chill in the freezer for 20 minutes. Add sherry to roasting pan; cook over medium heat, scraping up any browned bits, for about 1 minute. Strain into a saucepan. Add reserved giblet stock and bring to a simmer. Skim and discard fat from chilled pan juices; add juices, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce to simmering stock.

8. In a small bowl, combine water and cornstarch. Slowly add to the simmering gravy, whisking until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper.

9. Remove twine from turkey and carve, discarding skin. Serve with gravy.


225 calones per 4-ounce serving: 34 grams protein; 5 grams fat(1 7 grams saturated fat); 3 grams carbohydrate; 270 mg sodium; 86 mg cholesterol; 0 grams fiber.

Busted by Gail Shermeyer <>

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Contributor: Eating Well, November 1997

Yield: 12 servings

Preparation Time: 0:00

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