Roasted Navel Orange Herb Turkey

2021-10-18

Want to knock their socks off this Thanksgiving? One taste of the orange-infused flavor of this luscious turkey-and-gravy dish and the holidays will never be the same! Familiar enough to satisfy tradition, this fresh take on the tried-and-true classic heightens the holiday taste with winter oranges. Serves 16; recipe as followed makes two cups of gravy.

Ingredients:

¼ c. butter, softened

2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

1 Pittman & Davis Traditional Turkey (10 pounds)

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. pepper

1 large onion, quartered

1 Pittman & Davis Navel Orange, quartered

1 medium lemon, quartered

3 fresh rosemary sprigs

3 fresh sage sprigs

3 c. chicken broth, divided

3-4 Tbsp.-purpose flour

⅛ tsp. browning sauce, optional

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine butter and Italian seasoning.
  • Place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan, breast side up; pat dry. Carefully loosen skin from turkey breast; rub half the butter mixture under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks. Rub cavity with salt and pepper; fill with onion, orange, lemon and herbs. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together.
  • Melt remaining butter mixture; brush over outside of turkey. Add 2 cups broth to roasting pan.
  • Roast, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°F-175°F, about 3½-4 hours, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
  • Remove turkey from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes before carving.
  • Pour pan drippings into a small saucepan; skim fat. Mix flour, remaining broth and, if desired, browning sauce until smooth; whisk into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Serve with turkey.
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