10 Incredibly Delicious Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes


6. Smoked Paprika Rubbed Turkey with Shallot and Madeira Gravy

  • Cuisine: American;
  • Category: Main dish;
  • Serves: 8-12;
  • Prep Time:24 hr;
  • Cook time:4 hr;
  • Nutrition Per Serving: 425;


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cup Corn Bread and Sausage Stuffing
  • 1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 (14-to-16 pound) turkey
  • 1 cup Madeira
  • 8 cup turkey stock
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 large shallots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Spanish smoked paprika


Sprinkle the turkey with salt and smoked paprika, cover the bird with aluminum foil and put in the fridge for 24 hours. Then wash the turkey, pat it dry, leave it for an hour at room temperature. Heat up the oven to 375 degrees F. Brush the breast and legs with butter, spice the bird with pepper, salt and paprika, fill the cavity with stuffing. Pour 3 cups of bird stock to the pan, fry the bird for 45 minutes. Lower the temperature to 350 degrees and keep frying for 3 ½ hours, adding stock and basting every 45 minutes. Put the bird on a dish, cover loosely with foil, and leave for half an hour.

Pour pan juices into a measuring cup, let the fat reach the top. Throw out the fat and transfer the reserved liquid to a frying pan, keep heating. Put shallots in a pan and fry for about 3 minutes, add flour and Madeira and keep cooking for about 7 minutes more, till the gravy reduced by a third. Serve the turkey with warm gravy.