Chef John's Roast Turkey and Gravy

Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2012

I was in charge of making the turkey this last Thanksgiving and I came across this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly and I have to say it was the best Turkey we've ever had. Everyone was amazed how moist and flavorful the turkey was. This will be my turkey recipe for now on. It was perfect, I won't change a thing!

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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2012

This really was easy for a first-time turkey girl! I am not a cook, in fact, I think of myself as a terrible cook and I wanted to simply buy the frozen slab of turkey meat for Thanksgiving last year. But my bossy little sister forced me to try to make a "real" turkey. So she taught me how to search all recipes and we found this. It was FANTASTIC. Everyone loved our turkey, even my fussy "no-processed-food-ever-amazing-cook-sister". I am going to use this every year!!!! The turkey really does stay incredibly moist and it was delicious. Make sure to search the for the video. Last year it was linked right there with the recipe, but this year I had to do a google search to find it. His step by step easy to follow video really helped.

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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2020

2.10.12 ... https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/219079/chef-johns-roast-turkey-and-gravy/ ... Only a partial review, BUT the simple herb coating is FABULOUS! It coats the skin well enough that it doesn't burn or need covering; &, of course, tastes delicious! I combined recipes which basically means, I used olive oil on, & some butter in the turkey. Also put an apple inside - & a T of the seasonings. I used a cup of apple juice & a cup of water in the pan. Gravy was dark, but very good. When turkey time comes again, I'll follow the recipe better. :) Note4Me: Coating: 2T Kosher, 1T freshly ground black pepper, 1T poultry seasoning, 1/2T sage

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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2014

My husband said this was the best Turkey he ever ate in his life. It smelled so good as it was baking. I did not deviate from the recipe at all but did not make the gravy to make the dinner healthier. I also made Chef John's Mango Cranberry sauce, other recipes from All Recipes: Grecian green beans, green salad with cranberry vinaigrette and pumpkin pots de creme, and Ina's sausage stuffed mushrooms and her glazed carrots. Here is the recipe for the herb butter: 1 stick of softened butter, 3 cloves chopped garlic, 1 teaspoon of- lemon zest, poultry seasoning, black pepper, rosemary and 1.5 teaspoon of kosher salt.

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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2012

What an easy and beautiful and flavorful and crispy and moist turkey!(however I must admit that I did turn down the heat during the last hour thinking we would have to hold the turkey for late comers but the bird was done 'on time' anyway?!) Made up the butter mixture the spice mixture & cut up the veggies ahead of time; helping us get the turkey into the oven so easily come Thanksgiving day. I was shopping for a recipe because it was time to help my daughter learn to roast a turkey & I want her to learn to cook better than I myself can cook. Yes my 12 year old daughter & I had prepped a turkey together once before following another method which didn't work as well as my 'decent' turkeys of the past. So we went shopping together for a new recipe. She was utterly sold on your approach. I let her take the lead. She loved watching your video and her jaw dropped when she watched you loosen the skin on the breast with a rubber spatula (yes another thing I'd missed out on in the past but thanks to you my daughter will have an easier time of it!). I do plan to obtain a fresh turkey which we can brine next time but I want to incorporate much of what we learned from you modifying for a brined bird. Will try to remember to let you know how that goes if we proceed as planned..... Either way thanks so much for helping my daughter's second turkey far exceed anything my mother or I put on the table throughout our entire lives! Gotta love it! Thanks Chef John!

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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2013

This is the second time I am making the turkey. One was made for the saturday after thanksgiving which came out great and the next one was made today. I used all of the ingredients with only one addition to the herb butter garlic. Just used a small amount. The presentation of the bird is wonderful! the flavors were fantastic and it was so very moist and tender! The steps from the video were spot on and very helpful. Can't wait to try more Chef John recipes!

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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2013

The vegetable mixture, herbs and spices combined with lots of butter made this the best turkey I've ever made. I'll use this recipe again. Very "Chef-y." Did not make the gravy due to the fact I could not find the bag of giblets. (I DID find the bag after I carved the turkey.) Maybe next time, Chef John. :)

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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2017

Missing what to mix with butter mixture or I can't see it!

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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2013

juicy and delicious!!!!

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Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2018

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