Gwyneth Paltrow is not only an amazing actress, singer and mom, she is quite the whiz in the kitchen. So in light of Thanksgiving we have selected the recipes below from the Oscar winner’s personal collection that will have your guests begging you for more.
Whole Roasted Turkey
Serves: 12, with leftovers
Time: 3 to 4 hours
- 1 x 14 pound turkey, giblets and neck removed and reserved for gravy (best to let the turkey sit out at room temperature for two hours before cooking)
- Coarse sea salt
- ½ cup melted butter + 4 tablespoons softened
- ½ bottle dry white wine
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Optional: Classic Bread Stuffing or an onion, several cloves garlic, a lemon
Put your oven rack as low as it can go. Preheat the oven to 450º F.
Rub the turkey with a large handful of coarse sea salt. Rinse with cold water and pat completely dry with paper towels. Let it hang for a minute.
Get yourself a big piece of cheesecloth. Fold it in half and then in half again. Cut it so you have a four-layer square that’s roughly 15 x 15. Combine the melted butter and wine in a large bowl and soak the cheesecloth in it.
Back to the turkey. Stuff the cavity with some of your Classic Bread Stuffing (see recipe below) if you’d like. If not, sprinkle the cavity with salt and pepper. Feel free to throw in a quartered onion, a few cloves of garlic and/or a halved lemon. Tie the legs together with a piece of twine. Rub the four tablespoons of softened butter all over the turkey and sprinkle the outside with plenty of salt and pepper. Set the turkey on a roasting rack inside of a large roasting pan. Squeeze out your cheesecloth (it should still be damp, just not dripping) and drape it over the turkey, completely covering the breast and most of the legs. Be sure to save the leftover butter and wine.
Roast the turkey for half an hour. Take it out of the oven and baste it (over the cheesecloth) with some of the leftover butter and wine mixture. Turn the oven down to 350º F. Let the turkey roast for another hour and a half, basting every half hour with the butter and wine and the juices from the bottom of the pan.
At this point your turkey will have been cooking for two hours. Remove the cheesecloth and cook for another hour to hour and a half, still basting every half hour until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 180º F.
Remove the turkey to a board and let it rest for at least half an hour before carving. Be sure to save everything in the bottom of the pan for gravy.
Time: 15 minutes
- Giblets and neck from turkey (discard the liver)
- 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 large onion, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 large stalk celery, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespooons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon each finely minced fresh thyme, rosemary and sage
- 2 tablespoons flour
- Reserved juice from your turkey pan (make sure to scrape up all the browned bits)
- ¼ cup apple cider or juice
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
While the turkey is roasting, put the giblets, neck, carrot, onion and celery in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, skim off any foam that accumulates, lower the heat and let it simmer away while the turkey cooks. You should have at least 3 cups in the end.
While the turkey is resting, it’s gravy time. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the herbs and flour and stir to combine. Cook for about a minute. Slowly whisk in the reserved juice and browned bits from the turkey pan. The mixture should be fairly smooth – the goal is to avoid lumps of flour. Turn the heat up to medium-high, strain in your giblet broth and the cider and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is slightly thickened and the raw flour taste has cooked off (about ten minutes). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Yummo! Happy Thanksgiving guys!!!
Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 3:15pm
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