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Whole Roasted Turkey with Traditional Pan Gravy

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: Refer to Poultry Pointers Varied Servings servings

Products Included In Recipe


1 Granny's Young Turkey, fresh or thawed

Wet Rub

1/4 cup | 65 ml olive oil
2 tbsp | 30 ml garlic, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp | 30 ml paprika
1/2 cup | 125 ml Italian parsley, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp | 2.5 ml ground pepper

Traditional Pan Gravy

1/4 cup | 65 ml red wine
5 cups | 1.2 ltrs turkey or chicken stock, homemade or low sodium
5 tbsp | 75 ml butter
1/2 cup | 125 ml flour
to taste sea salt and ground pepper


Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) for convection oven or 375°F (190°C) in a regular oven.
Remove neck and giblets.
Combine all wet rub ingredients and mix into a paste with a hand blender or small food processor.
Rub seasoning all over the bird, spreading it around as much as possible. Put any extra inside the cavity of the turkey.
Place turkey on a wire rack inside the roasting pan.
Cover the top of the bird loosely with foil. Place in oven. Remove foil after 1-2 hours. A meat thermometer should read 170°F (77°C) inside the inner thigh, away from any bones, when the turkey is fully cooked..
Once your turkey is fully cooked, tilt it so the juices drain into roasting pan, then transfer turkey to a platter, reserving the juices in the roasting pan. Let the turkey rest in a warm place loosely covered for 20 minutes.
Strain the juices into a container then skim and discard fat. If using a fat separator, strain the juices into the separator and let stand until fat rises to top. Pour the juices from separator into a container.
Place the roasting pan on a burner over medium high heat, add wine or stock and deglaze, stirring and scraping up brown bits. Strain into container with other juices.
Melt butter in a sauce pan and add flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 3-4 minutes. Add deglazed juices and stock, and bring to a simmer while whisking continuously. Season with salt and pepper.
Carve turkey and serve with warm gravy.

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