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EMERILíS BIG BIRD WITH GIBLET GRAVY Recipe

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This recipe for EMERILíS BIG BIRD WITH GIBLET GRAVY, by , is from The Mize & Marsalis Family & Friends , one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

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Contributor:  
Anita Miller
Added: Saturday, October 24, 2009

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
NOTE: If you purchase a frozen turkey, you must defrost it in the refrigerator, and it can take several days to completely defrost, depending on the size of your bird. Make sure you read the instructions on the turkey packaging so that you allow yourself enough time before turkey day! Also, you should never try to defrost a turkey on your kitchen counter or in the kitchen sink this promotes the growth of harmful bacteria.

1 (10 to 12-pound) turkey (reserve giblets, neck and livers for the gravy)
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 rib celery, coarsely chopped
1 orange, halved
5 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup apple cider
Giblet Gravy



Directions:
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and fit a roasting rack inside of a roasting pan.
Transfer the turkey to the kitchen sink and remove its wrapping. Using your hands, search inside the cavity for the neck, gizzards, heart and livers - remove these from the inside of the turkey and set aside, refrigerated, for the gravy. Rinse the turkey well inside and out with cold running water. Pat dry inside and out with paper towels and transfer the turkey to the prepared roasting pan.

Season the inside of the turkey with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper. Stuff the cavity of the turkey with the onion, carrot, celery, orange halves, thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Using kitchen twine, tie the ends of the turkey's legs together as if they were trying to cross their legs. Season the outside of the turkey evenly with remaining 2 teaspoons of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of Essence.

Rub the butter evenly over the entire turkey. Transfer the turkey to the prepared roasting pan and place in the oven.

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and carefully remove the turkey from the oven. Combine the chicken stock and the apple cider, and using a turkey baster, baste the top of the turkey evenly with 1/3 of the chicken-apple liquid. Return the turkey to the oven and cook for an additional 1 3/4 to 2 hours, basting twice more during this cooking time with the remaining chicken-apple liquid. The turkey should be a nice golden brown color, and the juices should run clear when you insert the tip of a knife at the joint of the leg and thigh. An instant read thermometer inserted into the joint of the leg and thigh, without touching a bone should register 165 degrees F when the turkey is cooked through. (If the turkey begins to look too browned, cover the top loosely with aluminum foil until it is done.)

Remove the turkey from the roasting pan and tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes before carving. Reserve any juices left in the roasting pan for the gravy.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Best Thanksgiving Turkey I ever ate!

 

 

 

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