1 10 to 12 pound turkey, brined for 24-36 hours
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme, crushed
1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel
2 tablespoons finely shredded lemon peel
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large yellow onions, cut into quarters
4 stalks celery, preferably with tender leaves, cut into large pieces
6 to 10 bay leaves
10 cloves garlic, unpeeled
2 cups chick stock or reduced sodium chicken broth
3 small oranges, halved
3 lemons, halved
Preheat oven to 350 F. Rinse the brined turkey under cold water and pat it dry, inside and out, with paper towels.
In a small bowl mix together the butter, thyme, orange peel, lemon peel, salt and pepper.
Rub the turkey with the now seasoned butter, inside and out. Fill the cavity with half of the onions, celery, bay leaves and garlic.
Skewer turkey neck skin to back. Tuck drumstick ends under the fold of skin across the tail, if available. If there is no band of skin, tie the drumsticks securely to the tail with clean 100% cotton kitchen string. Twist wing tips under back.
Place turkey, breast side upon a rack in a roasting pan. Insert a ovenproof meat thermometer into the center of an inside thigh muscle. Pour chicken stock into the roasting pan and set in the preheated oven. Cover loosely with foil.
Roast the turkey for 45 minutes undisturbed, then remove foil and roast one hour more, spreading juices over turkey every 20 minutes. Cut string and spoon juices over turkey. Roast for 30 to 60 minutes more or until thermometer registers 145F to 150F. Spoon juices over turkey again.
Add oranges, lemons and remaining onion, celery, bay leaves and garlic to pan surrounding turkey. Roast another 30 minutes more or until the thickest part of the breast reaches an internal temperature of 165 and the thigh juices run clear.
Remove from oven and transfer to a serving platter.
Tent loosely with foil, shiny side down and let sit for 20-30 minutes before serving. Remove fruits and vegetables from inside cavity and discard. Sprinkle pan roasted fruits and vegetables with sea salt before serving
Carbs: 0 g. Servings: 8 (3 ounce each).
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