Herb-Stuffed Turkey Roast

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Herb-Stuffed Turkey Roast
(8 to 10 servings)

INGREDIENTS

Lemon Herb Butter

1/4 cup (55 g) unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 lemon, the finely grated zest only

Turkey Roast

12 cups (3 litres) water
1/3 cup (95 g) salt
1/3 cup (70 g) lightly packed brown sugar
1 tsp crushed black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 deboned turkey roast, about 4 lb (1.8 kg), tied
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tbsp (15 ml) Dijon mustard
1/2 lemon, the finely grated zest only
2 1/2 cups (625 ml) chicken broth
2 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Lemon Herb Butter

1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.

Turkey Roast

2. In a large 6-litre pot, bring 2 cups (500 ml) of the water, the salt and brown sugar to a boil, stirring until the brown sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Add the peppercorns, bay leaves and the remaining water (10 cups / 2.5 litres). Let the brine cool.
3. Place the turkey roast into the brine. Weigh down with a plate to completely submerge the meat. Refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight.
4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the herbs, mustard and lemon zest.
5. Drain the turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Without untying the roast, stuff the herb mixture between the breasts. Season with pepper. Set aside.
6. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
7. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat, brown the turkey on all sides in 3 tbsp (45 ml) of the lemon herb butter, basting often with the hot butter. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the centre of the roast reads 165°F (74°C).
8. Remove from the oven and set the roast aside on a plate. Cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Skim the cooking juices, if needed.
9. Meanwhile, combine the flour and the remaining lemon herb butter. Set the kneaded butter aside.
10. With a wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of the skillet. Strain the cooking juices into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir in the kneaded butter with a whisk. Let simmer gently about 2 minutes or until the gravy thickens. Adjust the seasoning.
11. Untie the roast. Cut into slices and serve with the gravy.
12. Delicious with Spinach and Mashed Potatoes Au Gratin or Braised Vegetables and Chorizo.

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Alyssa Leibner

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