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My Own Favorite Roast Turkey

My Own Favorite Roast Turkey Recipe

  • 1 turkey, 18 to 20 pounds
  • 1 onion stuck with 2 cloves
  • 1 sprig parsley
  • Additional salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 quart water
  • Half a lemon
  • 1 stick (½ cup) or more softened butter
  • Strips of fresh or salt pork, or bacon rind
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup Cognac or Madeira (optional)
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped shallots or finely cut green onions
  • 1½ tablespoons dried tarragon or 3 tablespoons fresh tarragon, finely cut
  • 1 tablespoon salt or to taste
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • Additional melted butter, if needed
  • 10 to 12 cups fine fresh breadcrumbs
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Nutritional information
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1227kcal (61%)
Total Fat 60g (92%)
Saturated Fat 20g (101%)
Cholesterol 375mg (125%)
Total Carbohydrate 52g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 4g
Protein 113g
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.



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