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Roast Turkey With Giblet Gravy Recipe

Roast Turkey With Giblet Gravy
How to make Roast Turkey With Giblet Gravy

This simple roast turkey with giblet gravy will make your mouth water. It is extremely flavourful and an ideal dish to make for a Christmas lunch or dinner.

  • Total Cook Time1 hr
  • Prep Time 30 mins
  • Cook Time 30 mins
  • Recipe Servings2
  • Easy

Ingredients of Roast Turkey With Giblet Gravy

  • For Turkey Marination:
  • 4.5 kg Whole Turkey
  • to taste Black Pepper Powder
  • to taste Paprika Powder
  • For Flavoured Butter:
  • 1 cup Unsalted Soft Butter
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Large Lemon
  • 1/2 tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 2 Large Garlic Cloves, Pressed
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Chopped Parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • For Stuffing:
  • 200 gms Large Onion, no peeling
  • 1 piece Fresh Orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 piece Green Apple, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 Garlic Cloves, no peeling
  • 50 gms Fresh Parsely
  • 1 Lemon
  • For Giblet Gravy:
  • 4 cup Giblets (from a whole turkey or chicken cold water)
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 4 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Pan Drippings of Roast Turkey
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Hard Boiled Eggs (coarsely chopped)

How to Make Roast Turkey With Giblet Gravy

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For seasoning, stuffing and tying up:

Season inside of turkey cavity generously with about salt and pepper powder.
In a medium bowl, combine 2 sticks softened butter, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tbsp lemon zest, 4 tbsp lemon juice, 3 pressed garlic cloves, 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 1/2 tbsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper.
Mash with a fork until well combined (the lemon juice doesn't easily stir into butter but keep mixing and it will happen after a few minutes.) Take a whiff of it you'll fall in love with how fresh it smells!
Separate the skin from the turkey breast by pushing your fingers under the skin. Do this from the front and the back of the turkey, being careful not to tear the skin.
Stuff 2/3 of the butter mixture under skin then spread the butter around by massaging over the top of the skin. This butter keeps the turkey breast tender, juicy and provides rich flavour.
Rub remaining butter over the outside of the turkey (breast, legs, wings.) Drizzle all over the top of the turkey with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper; I just love a crisp, salty skin.
Stuff turkey with quartered onion, 4 halved garlic cloves, fresh parsley and quartered lemon, apple and orange wedges.
Tie turkey base and legs together, crossing the legs to better close up the turkey cavity, plus it looks extra fancy on the table.

To roast the turkey:

Pre-heat the oven to 200˚C on the bake mode. Place oven rack in the lower part of your oven.
Tip: To protect the turkey breast and keep it juicy, fold a large square sheet of foil into a triangle. Rub one side of your triangle with olive oil and shape the foil (oil-side-down) over the turkey breast, then remove foil, it will shield your turkey breast and keep it from getting dry. You'll apply this shield later in the roasting process.
Place an oven-safe meat thermometer into the bird, beneath the drum stick, deep into the dark meat. Start roasting uncovered at 200˚C for 20 mins.
Remove from oven; quickly baste with butter from the bottom of the dish. You can use a baster or tilt one side of the pan and collect drippings with a large spoon. Now apply prepared foil triangle to turkey breast area.
Reduce oven to 160˚C and bake for another 2 hours 30 min for a 12 lb bird. Transfer turkey to serving platter and cover loosely but fully with foil. Let turkey rest for at least 1 hour. It will become more tender and easier to carve, the longer it sits.
Keep the drippings from roasting pan for gravy. Now you can decorate around your turkey and make it festive.

For giblet gravy:

Place the giblets into a saucepan and cover with 4 cups of cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Add the liver and continue to simmer, 30 minutes more.
Place a mesh strainer or colander over a large bowl. Drain the giblets. Set the liquids aside to use in the gravy, if needed. Let the giblets cool. Remove the meat from the neck and chop with the rest of the meat.
Over low heat, melt the butter in a medium heavy-duty saucepan. Stir in the flour. Cook, stirring continuously until the roux just barely begins to turn golden, 3 to 5 minutes.
If you don't have drippings from a roasted turkey or if you only have a small amount, add the giblet broth or turkey stock to make 2 cups. Slowly stir the drippings or broth into the roux. Add the milk. Continue cooking and stirring until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.
Taste and season the gravy with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the hard-boiled eggs and giblets and serve.
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