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Herb Roasted and Braised Turkey

Herb Roasted and Braised Turkey

Are you looking for a delicious and flavorful way to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey? Look no further! In this article, we will explore the mouthwatering technique of herb-roasting and braising a turkey. Get ready to impress your family and friends with a perfectly tender and juicy bird that is bursting with flavor.

The Magic of Herb Roasting

Imagine the aroma of fresh herbs filling your kitchen as your turkey slowly roasts in the oven. The combination of rosemary, thyme, sage, and other fragrant herbs infuses the meat with a delightful taste and fragrance. Not only do herbs enhance the flavor of the turkey, but they also offer a visual appeal, with specks of green peeking through the golden skin.

Preparing the Herb Rub

Creating the perfect herb rub is key to achieving a mouthwatering herb-roasted turkey. Start by finely chopping a handful of fresh herbs and mixing them with softened butter. The butter acts as a carrier for the herb flavors and helps to keep the turkey moist during the cooking process. Generously slather the herb butter all over the turkey, making sure to get under the skin for maximum flavor infusion.

The Art of Braising

Once your turkey is coated in the herb rub, it’s time to braise it. Braising involves searing the turkey in a hot pan to lock in the flavors and then cooking it slowly in a flavorful liquid. This technique ensures that the meat remains tender and juicy, while the flavors intensify.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh?

While fresh herbs provide the best flavor, you can substitute dried herbs if necessary. Keep in mind that dried herbs are more potent, so you’ll need to adjust the quantities accordingly.

2. How long should I roast the turkey?

The cooking time will depend on the size of your turkey. As a general rule, roast the turkey for 15 minutes per pound at 325°F (160°C). Use a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

3. What liquid should I use for braising?

For braising, you can use chicken or turkey broth, white wine, or a combination of both. The liquid adds moisture and flavor to the turkey as it cooks.

4. Can I stuff the turkey before roasting?

It is not recommended to stuff the turkey before roasting as it can lead to uneven cooking and potential food safety issues. Instead, consider roasting the stuffing separately.

5. How do I ensure crispy skin?

To achieve crispy skin, start roasting the turkey at a high temperature (425°F/220°C) for the first 30 minutes, then reduce the temperature to the recommended level. Basting the turkey with its own juices throughout the cooking process will also help to enhance crispiness.

6. How long should I let the turkey rest before carving?

Allow the turkey to rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a moister and more flavorful bird.

7. Can I use this method for other poultry?

Absolutely! The herb roasting and braising technique can be applied to other poultry, such as chicken and duck, with fantastic results.

8. How do I store leftovers?

Store leftover turkey in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. You can also freeze it for longer storage. Be sure to remove the meat from the bones before storing.

In Conclusion

Herb roasting and braising is a wonderful way to elevate your Thanksgiving turkey to new heights. The combination of aromatic herbs, buttery flavors, and slow cooking creates a tender and juicy bird that will be the star of your holiday feast. With these simple tips and tricks, you can confidently embark on your herb-roasting and braising adventure. So, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to create a turkey masterpiece that will leave everyone asking for seconds!

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Herb Roasted and Braised Turkey

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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 55 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • One fresh turkey , weighing 17 pounds, rinsed thoroughly and dried
  • 1 1/4 sticks of unsalted butter , slightly softened
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large carrots , cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 large stalks of celery , cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large onions , quartered
  • 12 cups of homemade chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • Roasted garlic cloves removed and peeled from 1 head of garlic
  • Splash of white wine (optional)
  • Mixed chopped fresh herbs , such as parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Take the turkey out of the refrigerator one hour before roasting.
  • In a food processor, combine butter, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Process until smooth and season with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper inside the turkey cavity and fill it with half of the carrots, celery, and onions.
  • Rub the entire turkey with the herb butter mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat 4 cups of chicken stock and keep it warm over low heat.
  • Arrange the remaining vegetables in a large roasting pan and place the turkey on top.
  • Roast the turkey in the oven until lightly golden brown, approximately 45 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees F and continue roasting the turkey. Baste it with the warm chicken stock every 15 minutes for approximately 2 to 2 hours and 15 minutes. Use an instant-read thermometer to check if the thigh registers 160 degrees F.
  • Remove the turkey from the oven, transfer it to a baking sheet, loosely tent it with foil, and let it rest for 30 minutes before slicing.
  • Separate the legs for braising. Strain the drippings into a bowl, discard the solids, and add enough stock to make 4 cups of liquid.
  • Simmer the liquid and transfer it to a
Keyword Gravy, Holiday, main-dish, Poultry, Roasted Turkey, Roasting, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Turkey, Turkey Recipes
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