Orange, anise and thyme roasted turkey
Yield 10 servings
- 1 (14- to 15-pound) turkey
- 4 large oranges, zest and juice in separate bowls, divided
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- 1-1/2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 orange, cut into slices
- 1 red onion, cut into 6 chunks
- 5 whole star anise pods
- 2 to 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
Equipment needed:Turkey injector
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Prepare the turkey by drying it with paper towels. Allow the turkey to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
- In the bowl of a small food processor, combine orange zest, garlic, thyme leaves, salt, dark brown sugar, and black pepper. Pulse until the mixture forms a coarse paste.
- Scrape the paste into a bowl with softened butter and use a spatula to mix it until well-combined.
- Loosen the skin of the turkey with your fingers. Smear the herb butter under the skin and all over the turkey breast. Add more butter to the legs, sides, and outside breast of the turkey.
- Stuff the cavity of the turkey with orange slices, red onion pieces, star anise, thyme sprigs, and any leftover herb butter.
- Fill the container of the turkey injector with the orange juice.
- Inject the orange juice into all areas of the turkey.
- Place the turkey in the oven, and cook until the internal temperature of the breast reaches 165°F.
- Remove the turkey from the oven and allow it to rest for 15 minutes.
- Place the turkey on a serving platter. Garnish with additional orange slices and fresh thyme leaves.
- Carve and serve.
Note: It is helpful to rotate the turkey occasionally throughout the roasting process to ensure even browning. If the turkey starts to become too brown, place a piece of aluminum foil over the the top of the bird.
Courses Main dish
Recipe by Grateful | makeitgrateful.com at https://www.makeitgrateful.com/living/celebrate/thanksgiving/easy-and-delicious-orange-anise-and-thyme-roasted-turkey/