To ensure a moist and tender turkey, baste it often, and take it out of the oven when it reaches the specified temperature; the bird will continue to cook as it rests.
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- Servings: 8
Photography: David Loftus
Source: Everyday Food, November 2007
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lowest position. Place turkey on roasting rack set in a large roasting pan. Working from both ends of the turkey, slide fingers under skin to separate it from the flesh (being careful not to tear skin). Spread herb rub under skin.
Loosely fill neck cavity and large cavity with 4 cups stuffing. Using kitchen twine, tie legs together securely. Rub all over with butter, and season generously with salt and pepper. Place neck, giblets, and 3 cups water in bottom of roasting pan.
Cover turkey loosely with aluminum foil. Roast 1 hour, then baste with pan juices every 30 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh (avoiding bone) registers 125 degrees, 2 to 3 hours total.
Remove foil; raise oven heat to 400 degrees. Roast, basting every 15 minutes, until thermometer inserted in thigh (avoiding bone) reaches 170 degrees, 45 minutes to 1 hour more (temperature will rise about 10 degrees as turkey rests). If browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil; add more water if pan becomes dry.
Transfer turkey to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest at least 30 minutes before carving. Reserve pan with drippings for White-Wine Gravy. To carve: Remove and slice breasts; remove wings. Pull each leg away from body, cutting through thigh joint; cut through leg joint to separate thigh from drumstick.