Miso-Rubbed Turkey with Turkey Gravy

240 mins (prep 60)
12 ingredients
makes 8 to 10 servings
Using miso on the turkey is a great way to get wonderfully moist meat — always a challenge at Thanksgiving. The skin doesn't get as crisp as it would without, but we think the succulent results are well worth the trade-off. The miso won't give the turkey an Asian flavor, but it will add a rich meatiness to the gravy. Don't use a brined or kosher turkey for this recipe or the bird will be too salty (miso has a high sodium content).

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  • 1 medium onion, quartered but left unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup miso (white or red fermented-soybean paste)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus additional melted butter (from 1/2 stick) if turkey drippings yield less than 1/2 cup fat
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (12- to 14-lb) turkey, any feathers and quills removed with tweezers or needlenose pliers, and neck and giblets reserved for another use if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 9 cupsturkey stock
  • special equipment: 2 small metal picks or skewers; kitchen string; a 19- by 13-inch flameproof roasting pan with a rack; an instant-read thermometer


Serving Size (57.2 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 73.63 Calories from Fat 9.18
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.02g 12.6%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 7.81%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 698.16mg 232.72%
Total Carbohydrate 13.25g 35.34%
Dietary Fiber 1.27 g 40.67%
Sugars 0.95 g %
Protein 3.0g 48.05%
Vitamin A 16.47IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 13.89mg% Iron 0.97mg%
*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:
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