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Spatchcocked Turkey with Citrus and Fresh Herbes de Provence
serves 8

Spatchcocked Provençal TurkeyINGREDIENTS

  • 1 10-pound turkey, spatchcocked (have your butcher take out the spine and flatten the breastbone)

For the Raft

  • 1 Meyer lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated (leave them in their wrappers)
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1/2 bunch sage
  • 3- 4 fresh bay leaves

For the Rub

  • Salt and pepper
  • Zest of 1 Meyer lemon (use the zest from the fruit from the raft)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • The leaves from 4 sprigs of rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped thyme
  • 12 sage leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbes de Provence
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter

Gravy

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • The zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
  • 2 cups turkey stock
  • The drippings from the roast turkey
  • Salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Allow the turkey to come to room temperature.

Zest the citrus, and set aside the zest for the rub, while cutting the fruit into wedges for the raft.  Lightly grease the bottom of the roasting pan with olive oil.  Then, in the bottom of your roasting pan, build the raft for the turkey—this will keep the turkey moist while also infusing it with flavor as it cooks.  Scatter the cut up citrus, the garlic cloves, and the fresh herbs.  Place the spatchcocked turkey breast-side-up over the raft in the pan.  Salt and pepper the turkey, top and underside, liberally.

Mix up the rub.  Combine the zests of the citrus, the fresh and dried herbs, and the olive oil in a bowl.  With your hands, rub the mixture all over the top of the turkey.  Then, place 1 tablespoon of cold butter on each of turkey breast.  Roast for a total of 3 hours, or until the internal temperature of the turkey is 160 degrees F and when the turkey is cut, the juices run clear.  Cover with foil if the skin begins to darken too quickly (you will most likely have to after about 45 minutes) and baste as often as you can remember.  Allow the turkey to sit for 20 minutes after it is cooked before you carve it.

Make the gravy while the turkey rests.  In a saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in the flour.  Allow it to bubble on the stove for about 3 minutes, until it begins to turn golden.  Stir in the lemon zest and juice and the thyme.  You can add a glug of white wine at this point too, but that’s optional.  Add the stock.  Whisk and bring to a simmer, cooking on a simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.  Pour in the juices from the roast turkey pan.  (NB: The reason I don’t make this gravy in the actual roasting pan is because the fruit causes the drippings to caramelize and burn.  This way, we capture the flavor without turning the gravy acrid.)  Serve alongside the turkey.

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