Mrs. Claus Favorite Way To Roast A Turkey

Mrs. Claus favorite way to roast a turkey

We are sharing Mrs. Claus favorite way to roast a turkey, she promises wonderful results and a very moist bird.

Here is a list of all you need to make this wonderful meal.

Giblet Broth (be sure to make one day ahead)

Giblets and neck from turkey, well washed

1 cup extra giblets (about ¾ pound)
4 chicken backs (about 1 ¾ pounds)
2 celery ribs, with leaves
2 medium-size onions, unpeeled
2 garlic cloves, bruised
4 springs fresh Italian parsley
4 whole cloves
3 whole black peppercorns
1 bay leave
Salt to taste


Turkey (make serving day)

1 fresh turkey (18 pounds)
1 orange, halved
Paprika, to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
10 to 12 cups Corn Bread-Sausage Stuffing with Apples
6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature


Giblet Gravy (make serving day)

4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Madeira or dry sherry
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 to 3 large bunches of fresh sage, for garnish


Now it is time to get ready to roast a turkey, just follow these directions:

  1. The day before serving, prepare the giblet broth (set aside the liver for another use). Place all the broth ingredients in a heavy saucepan and add water to just cover. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the giblets are tender, skimming any foam that rises to the surface, about 1 hour. Strain the broth over a bowl, reserving the giblets, turkey neck, and chicken backs; discard the vegetables. You should have about 3 1/2 cups of broth.
  2. When it is cool enough to handle, shred the meat from the turkey neck and chicken backs, discarding any skin. Finely chop the giblets. Mix the meats and giblets together, cover, and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325° F.
  4. On serving day, prepare the turkey: Rinse the turkey well inside and out, and pat it dry with paper towels. Remove any excess fat.
  5. Squeeze the orange halves inside the body and neck cavities. Sprinkle the cavities with paprika, salt, and pepper. Stuff the cavities loosely with the stuffing, using about 3 cups for the neck and 8 cups for the body. Close with turkey lacers or sew closed with a large needle and heavy thread. Tie the legs together with kitchen string.
  6. Rub the turkey all over with the butter and sprinkle with paprika, salt, and pepper.
  7. Place the turkey, breast side up in a large oven-proof roasting pan. Pour 2 cups of the reserved giblet broth into the bottom of the pan, and cover the turkey loosely with aluminum foil. Cover the remaining broth and refrigerate it. Place the turkey int the oven and roast for 1 ½ hours.
  8. Remove the foil and roast the turkey, basting with the pan juices every 30 minutes, for 2 ½ hours.
  9. Raise the oven temperature to 350° and roast until an instant-reading thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 180° F; another 1 to 1 ¼ hours. The temperature in the deepest part of the breast should read 160° F. The juices should run clear when the thigh is pricked with a small sharp knife.
  10. Remove the turkey, place it on a platter, and let it rest about 20 minutes, loosely covered with aluminum foil. Reserve the juices in a pan.
  11. Remove the stuffing from the body and neck cavities and cover it with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Prepare the giblet gravy:

  1. Heat the pan juices in the roasting pan over medium heat, scraping up all of the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Pour the juices through a gravy separator to remove the fat, or skim the fat off with a spoon. Pour the defatted juices into a measuring cup.
  2. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and continue whisking until it browns slightly – 2 to 3 minutes. Whisking constantly, slowly pour in 2 cups of the reserved pan juices, and continue whisking until smooth. Bring the gravy to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and add the Madeira, thyme, salt, pepper, parsley, and reserved giblet mixture. Simmer, stirring, until the gravy has thickened, about 10 minutes. If you prefer a thinner gravy, add more of the remaining 1 ¼ cups giblet broth until the desired consistency is achieved. Adjust the seasonings. Transfer the gravy to a gravy boat.

Now it is time to prepare the turkey before carving it. Place your turkey on a large decorative platter and garnish it with the fresh sage.

This recipe was adapted from The Silver Palate Cook Book.


We hope you will enjoy Mrs. Claus delicious roasted turkey recipe.

Merry Christmas!

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