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1. Up to 2 days in advance: Prepare turkey: In a food processor, pulse basil, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme and lemon zest to coarsely chop. Add butter, pepper and salt and pulse to combine. Place turkey on a work surface, gently slip your fingers under skin and work in herb mixture evenly over meat. Spray a non-corrosive roasting rack and roasting pan with cooking spray. Arrange rack in pan and arrange turkey, breast side up, on rack. Tie legs together (if they aren’t already) and tuck in wings. Add about 1 cup broth to pan, cover loosely and set aside in the refrigerator.
2. Up to 2 days in advance: Prepare gravy: In a medium saucepan, combine neck and giblets, onion, carrot, celery, thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns and 6 cups cold water. Bring to a gentle boil on low, skimming any foam. Adjust heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook for 2 hours. Strain mixture into a container and set aside (you should have about 1½ cups; if desired, skip this step and add 1½ cups store-bought broth to the following step).
3. In a medium saucepan on medium, melt ¼ cup butter. Add flour all at once, whisking until it comes together. Continue to cook and whisk until mixture is medium-brown, 1½ to 2 minutes. Slowly add strained homemade broth, whisking constantly. If necessary, add additional broth until desired consistency is reached. Set aside to cool to room temperature, then transfer to a container (or leave it in the saucepan), cover and set aside in the refrigerator.
4. On the day of: Set turkey aside at room temperature for 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F.
5. Loosely cover turkey with foil and roast for 1 hour. Remove foil and baste turkey with pan juices. Continue roasting uncovered, basting every 20 to 30 minutes, until an internal thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh and breast without touching bone reads 165°F, 2 ¼ to 2 ¾ hours total cooking time. (If pan gets dry, add more broth or water to maintain 1/8 to ¼ inch liquid. If any part of turkey gets too brown, cover it loosely with foil.) Transfer turkey to a cutting board and let rest, loosely covered with foil, 20 to 30 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan on medium, bring gravy to a gentle boil. Season with salt, ground pepper and roasting pan drippings to taste.
7. Remove skin and carve turkey. Serve gravy on the side.
- Serving Size 4 oz turkey and 2 1/2 tbsp gravy
- Calories 274
- Carbohydrate Content 3 g
- Cholesterol Content 137 mg
- Fat Content 13 g
- Fiber Content 1 g
- Protein Content 34 g
- Saturated Fat Content 6 g
- Sodium Content 280 mg
- Sugar Content 0 g
- Monounsaturated Fat Content 4 g
- Polyunsaturated Fat Content 2 g