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Tandoori-Spiced Turkey with Cracked Pepper Gravy

Tandoori-Spiced Turkey with Cracked Pepper Gravy

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Makes: 8 to 10 servings

Prep: 30 mins

Roast: 400°F 2 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 8 ounce jar  ghee (Indian clarified butter) or 2 sticks (8 oz.) butter, clarified
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 5 teaspoons garam masala (Indian spice blend)
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 fresh or thawed frozen turkey (12 to 14 lbs.), neck and giblets saved for another use
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallot
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Directions
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the ghee with the garlic, 4 tsp. garam masala, the ginger, paprika and 1 tsp. salt over medium-low heat. Let cool. (Can be made up to 2 days ahead; cover and refrigerate.)
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Carefully slide your fingers between the skin and the breast meat of the turkey. Spread as much of the ghee mixture under the skin as you can. Spread any remaining ghee mixture on the outside of the turkey. Using kitchen twine, tie the legs together at their ends. Tuck the wings behind the back of the turkey, if desired. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan.
  3. Roast the turkey for 1 hour. Baste, then lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue roasting, basting every 20 minutes. Roast until the skin is browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 155 degrees , 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes more. Tent the turkey with foil and let rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the gravy. In a large saucepan, cook the shallot in the butter over medium heat until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in 1 tsp. pepper and the remaining 1 tsp. garam masala. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in the flour; cook, stirring, until the mixture turns light brown, about 2 minutes.
  5. Whisk in 1/2 cup broth, stirring quickly to create a paste. Slowly pour in the remaining 2 cups broth, whisking constantly to keep the gravy smooth. Increase the heat and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, stirring often, until thickened, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Serve the gravy with the turkey.
Tip An Exotic Bird
  • This flavorful turkey was inspired by tandoori chicken, a classic indian dish thats rubbedwith spices and cooked in a clay oven.