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Holiday Recipe - Parmesan Turkey

Nov 25, 2013

Ingredients

1 (12- to 13-pound) fresh or frozen turkey, thawed and at room temperature

1/4 cup toasted walnut oil, divided

3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely shredded (about 1/2 cup)

4 pears, halved and divided

2 onions, halved and divided

Cooking spray

4 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock, divided

5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 500°.
  2. 2. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; discard. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine 1 tablespoon oil, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and cheese in a small bowl. Rub cheese mixture under loosened skin over flesh. Place 1 pear and 1 onion in cavity. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under turkey. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Place turkey on the rack of a roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Arrange remaining 3 pears and remaining onion, cut sides down, in a roasting pan coated with cooking spray; place rack with turkey in pan. Bake at 500° for 30 minutes. Pour 1 1/2 cups stock over turkey; reduce heat to 350°. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Pour 1 1/2 cups stock over turkey; bake for 10 minutes. Brush 1 1/2 tablespoons walnut oil over turkey; bake 20 minutes. Brush remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons walnut oil over turkey; bake 10 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 160°. Remove from oven. Place turkey, breast side down, on a rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Let stand 30 minutes.
  3. 3. Strain pan drippings through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour pan drippings into bag. Let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top).
  4. 4. Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into a saucepan, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Combine remaining 1 1/2 cups stock and flour in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add stock mixture and walnuts to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Pour mixture into a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Process until smooth. Serve gravy with turkey.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

Calories: 309

Fat: 12.1g

Saturated fat: 2.6g

Monounsaturated fat: 2.5g

Polyunsaturated fat: 5.7g

Protein: 39.2g

Carbohydrate: 9.9g

Fiber: 1.8g

Cholesterol: 95mg

Iron: 2.7mg

Sodium: 260mg

Calcium: 72mg

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