10 Incredibly Delicious Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes


5. Butter-Basted Roast Turkey with Mushroom Gravy

  • Cuisine: American;
  • Category: Main dish;
  • Serves: 8-12;
  • Prep Time:20 min;
  • Cook time:55 min;
  • Nutrition Per Serving: 554;


  • 1 (12-pound) fresh turkey, rinsed, patted dry
  • 3 onions, peeled, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 carrots, peeled, cut into two-inch pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of fresh-ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup of red wine
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound of assorted wild mushrooms
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of minced fresh sage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch


To make the basting liquid mix together butter, 1 cup of chicken broth, thyme sprigs, ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of pepper, bay leaf and rosemary. Heat the mixture and keep it warm. Sprinkle the turkey with pepper and salt, put it on a roasting pan and place the onions and carrots around the turkey. Heat the oven to 325 degrees F and fry the bird for 30 minutes. Then take the basting liquid and glaze the turkey. Keep it roasting for three hours and glaze it with the liquid every 30 minutes. Take the turkey out of the oven, leave it for 30 minutes.

Reserve 2 tablespoons of fat from the dripping. Put the dripping and the solids in the pan and cook at the medium heat. Keep on stirring, add red wine and keep cooking for 2 minutes. Pour out the solids and keep aside. Heat the reserved fat with mushrooms, cook for about 8 minutes. Add chicken broth, drippings, sage, 1 tablespoon of thyme, salt and pepper. Cook the gravy for 10 minutes. Take another pan, mix 1 ½ of the chicken broth and cornstarch. Add this mix to the gravy. Pour some lemon juice and keep cooking for 2 minutes or more. The gravy should be served warm.