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Juniper-and-Herb Roast Turkey

Makes 10 to 12 servings

Presalting the turkey adds flavor and helps it stay moist during roasting; so does covering the breast and drumsticks with bacon. Prep and Cook Time: at least 3 hours, plus brining time.

Juniper-and-Herb Roast Turkey

Jim Henkens; Karen Shinto
 1 free-range organic turkey (12 to 14 lbs.)
 3 tablespoons salt
 1 teaspoon juniper berries
 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
 1/2 cup butter
 1/3 cup minced fresh thyme leaves
 1/4 cup minced fresh sage leaves
  2-in. rosemary sprig, leaves removed and minced
 8 slices thick-cut bacon
 1 cup dry white wine
  Pine Nut Gravy
Step 1

Rinse turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle all over with salt, working some under the skin on breast and thighs. Put in a roasting pan, cover with foil or plastic wrap, and chill for at least 24 hours and up to 3 days.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 400°. Unwrap turkey, discard any juices that have collected in pan, and pat turkey dry. Set aside. In a spice mill or clean coffee grinder, finely grind juniper berries, mustard seeds, and peppercorns. Rub spices all over turkey and set aside. In a small bowl, mix butter, thyme, sage, and rosemary until well combined. Massage mixture all over turkey and place bird in a large stovetop-safe roasting pan. Lay bacon slices over breast and drumsticks. Pour wine and 1/2 cup water into bottom of pan.

Step 3

Roast turkey 1 hour, turning pan 180° halfway through. Reduce heat to 350° and roast, turning pan every 30 minutes, until a thermometer inserted straight down through the thickest part of breast to bone registers 155°, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Step 4

Transfer turkey to a carving board, loosely cover with foil, and let rest 30 minutes to 1 hour. Pour pan drippings into a glass measuring cup for Pine Nut Gravy, reserving pan to make gravy. Carve turkey and serve with gravy.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 466Calories from Fat 33
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g27%

Saturated Fat 6.2g31%
Cholesterol 198mg66%
Sodium 893mg38%
Total Carbohydrate 0.3g1%

Dietary Fiber 0.1g1%
Protein 73g146%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.