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Old-Fashioned Roast Turkey

November 23, 2011

14-to-16-lb ready-to-cook turkey
Dressing (Card 6K)
1 cup butter, melted
Salt, pepper
Gravy (Below)

1. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; wash;set aside. Wash turkey, inside and out; pat dry with paper towels. Remove and discard excess fat. Make dressing. Preheat oven to 325F.

2. Spoon some dressing into neck cavity. Bring skin of neck over back; fasten with poultry pin. Spoon remaining dressing into body cavity; do not pack. Insert 4 or 5 poultry pins at regular intervals; lace cavity closed with twine. Bend wing tips under body. Tie ends of legs together. Insert meat thermometer in inside of thigh, at thickets part.

3. Place turkey on rack in shallow roasting pan. Brush with some butter; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast, uncovered and brushing occasionally with remaining butter and pan drippings (when turkey begins to turn golden, cover loosely with foil), about 4 1/2 hours, or until thermometer registers 185F (leg joint moves freely). Place turkey on heated platter. Remove twine and pins. Let stand 20 minutes. Makes 14 servings.

Gravy: Place giblets (except liver), neck, 3 cups water, 1 celery stalk ( cut up), 1 onion (quartered), 1 pared carrot, 1 teaspoon salt, 4 whole black peppers, and bay leaf in 2-quart saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat; simmer, covered 2 1/2 hours.

Add liver; simmer 15 minutes. Discard neck. Remove giblets; chop coarsely. Strain broth; press vegetables through sieve. Measure; add undiluted, canned chicken broth to make 2 1/2 cups. Pour drippings into 1-cup measure; skim fat. Return 1/2 cup drippings to roasting pan. Stir in 1/2 cup flour until smooth. Stir over low heat to brown flour slightly. Remove from heat; stir in broth. Bring to boiling, stirring; reduce heat; simmer; stir 5 minutes, until thickened. Add giblets; simmer 5 minutes.

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