Herb-Roasted Turkey With Maple Gravy

270 mins (prep 30, cooking 240)
12 ingredients
10 servings
This recipe was created by Lee Hefter of Spago Beverly Hills. He explains in his Spago Family Thanksgiving article that adding maple syrup to the gravy makes it go better with all the traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. Cooking Tips: Roast the bird for 20 minutes per pound for a stuffed turkey and 16 minutes per pound for an unstuffed one. The bird is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a thigh registers between 160° and 180° and the juices run clear. Remove the turkey from the oven when its temperature is 10 degrees lower than desired as the temperature will rise as the bird rests. You’ll need plenty of turkey stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth and roasting pan juices to make enough gravy. To get lots of pan juices, roast your turkey at 350° and baste with some stock; if the bird does not seem to brown adequately, you can always raise the oven temperature during the last half hour for faster browning. If your gravy is too thin, simply make a smooth paste with equal parts flour and unsalted butter, a mixture known in French as beurre manié (BURR mon-YAY). Bring the gravy to a boil and whisk in bits of the paste until you get the thickness you desire. If your gravy seems too thick, gradually whisk in more stock.

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Serving Size (914.31 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 1131.63 Calories from Fat 250.11
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27.79g 427.58%
Saturated Fat 9.12g 456.15%
Trans Fat 0.25g %
Cholesterol 613.71mg 2045.69%
Sodium 1751.22mg 729.68%
Total Carbohydrate 12.62g 42.07%
Dietary Fiber 2.25 g 89.83%
Sugars 5.49 g %
Protein 199.75g 3994.91%
Vitamin A 693.58IU% Vitamin C 1.62mg%
Calcium 209.15mg% Iron 9.6mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
medium onion, fresh thyme sprigs, parsley sprigs, freshly ground black pepper