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Roast Turkey With Sage

We stuffed the bird with mushroom stuffing, but you can use your own favorite recipe if you prefer.

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  • Servings: 10
Roast Turkey With Sage

Source: Everyday Food, November 2004

Ingredients

  • Mushroom Stuffing
  • 1 whole turkey (12 pounds), thawed if frozen, rinsed and patted dry, neck reserved (giblets discarded)
  • 4 large carrots, halved crosswise
  • 2 large onions, cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 bunches fresh sage, leaves separated from stems (about 1 cup), stems reserved
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350, with rack in lowest position. Prepare and stuff the turkey.

  2. Cut turkey neck into pieces; combine in a large roasting pan with carrots, onions, and reserved sage stems. Set rack in pan (over vegetables); place turkey on rack, breast side up. Rub turkey with butter; season generously with salt and pepper.

  3. Place pan in oven. Pour 6 cups water in bottom of pan; tent with foil. Roast, basting bird every 30 minutes with pan liquids, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh (avoiding bone) registers 125, about 3 1/2 hours.

  4. Remove foil; raise oven heat to 400. Continue roasting, basting occasionally, until thigh reaches 170, 45 to 60 minutes more. Tent with foil if bird browns too quickly; add more water if pan becomes dry. Transfer turkey (on rack) to a rimmed baking sheet; cover loosely with foil while making the gravy.

Reviews (8)

  • ilovemybabies08901 24 Nov, 2011

    I've used this recipe also since it was published, but there was another part where you put the sage leaves under the turkey skin with salt and pepper. I can't seem to find that page of this 2-page recipe.

  • anniequinn 9 Jun, 2009

    I'd like to add the other steps but my comments don't seem to be popping up so I won't waste my time.

  • Alison 26 Nov, 2008

    Unfortunately this recipe is unable to be fixed at this time. The recipe is from the Nov. 2004 issue of EDF. Feel free to email me at asickelka@marthastewart.com if you need the recipe.
    Thanks,
    Alison

  • jackieba 22 Nov, 2008

    I would like to have this recipe. Unable to access.

  • bluekitten 21 Nov, 2008

    I've made this turkey every year since 2004, but cannot find my copy of Everyday Food November 2004 issue. Today is the Friday I assume you were referring to in your post, Alison. Any luck yet?

  • bluekitten 21 Nov, 2008

    I've made this turkey every year since 2004, but cannot find my copy of Everyday Food November 2004 issue. Today is the Friday I assume you were referring to in your post, Alison. Any luck yet?

  • Alison 18 Nov, 2008

    Our site is having temporary issues. This recipe should be back up by Friday. Please check back then. Sorry for the inconvenience!

  • 11Lolly 18 Nov, 2008

    i couldn't get the recipe no matter how many times I clicked on it! Is something wrong with this web site?

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