In case you need a written version of the enactment above, here you go:
What You Need:
1 12 lb Turkey, thawed
1 bunch of fresh thyme
4-5 large sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 medium onions, cut into wedges
Optional to mix in with the kosher salt: dried herbs like basil, rosemary, thyme
Low sodium chicken broth to pour in bottom of roasting pan. I never know how much I need, so I buy a box of the stuff, just in case I need more. But I start with 1-2 cups in the bottom of the pan.
What To Do:
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the giblets and neck from the cavity. Rinse the turkey inside and out with cold water, and pat dry with a paper towel.
Stuff the turkey with the fresh thyme, rosemary and onions.
Tie the legs together with kitchen twine and tuck the wing tips underneath the body to prevent them from burning (Note: I have never been able to successfully tuck the wings under the body).
Rub the turkey all over with butter. Be careful not to tear the skin. It helps if the butter is at room temperature so that it is soft and spreads more easily. Sprinkle with kosher salt and dried herb mixture.
Place the turkey in a roasting pan and pour the chicken or turkey stock in the bottom of the pan. Roast the turkey, basting every 30 minutes with the pan juices.
If the turkey begins to darken too quickly, you can loosely place some aluminum foil over it. You can also add more broth to the pan if it evaporates too quickly.
Continue roasting until the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees (about 2.5 – 3 hours).
Transfer the turkey to a carving board, and let it rest for about 25 minutes. You can reserve the pan juices for gravy.
Also, here is a list of useful turkey links that should help you over this holiday season:
Whole Foods’ Guide to choosing the right turkey.
Epicurious’ Guide to keeping all your limbs and eyebrows intact while frying a turkey.
If you’re in NYC, this is the Greenmarket Guide to available locally raised turkeys.
Fine Cooking has some great recipes, complete with videos (though none featuring Stella and Carl as far as we can tell….)