Turkey and Gravy for a Crowd – Serves 12

Turkey and Gravy for a Crowd – Serves 12

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
Roasting a turkey in a bag had numerous advantages. It not only helped keep the meat moist but also made for easy cleanup. The bag also sped up the roasting time; instead of a day-long roast, this bird was in and out of the oven in just a few short hours. Rather than attempt to incorporate herb flavor into the turkey inside the bag, which resulted in washed-out, steamy herbs, we poured an herb butter over the carved slices, which we had attractively arranged on a serving platter.
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Cook Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 996 kcal


  • 20 lbs turkey – 1 x 18- to 20-pound prebrined turkey
  • 1 onion large – chopped
  • 6 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery rib chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth plus extra as needed
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme minced – plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary minced – plus 1 tablespoon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp plus 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 turkey-size oven bag


  • Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Place turkey neck, onion, carrots, celery, 2 cups broth, wine, thyme sprigs, rosemary sprig, and bay leaves in large roasting pan. Set V-rack in pan.
  • Pat turkey dry with paper towels. Tuck wings behind back and tie legs together with kitchen twine. Microwave 2 tablespoons butter in bowl until melted, about 30 seconds. Brush turkey with melted butter and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add 1 tablespoon flour to oven bag, then hold bag closed and shake to distribute flour. Place turkey in bag. Tie bag closed with kitchen twine or included bag tie. Place turkey in V-rack and cut four 1-inch slits in top of bag to allow steam to escape. Roast until breasts register 160 degrees and thighs register 175 degrees, 2 3/4 to 3 1/4 hours.
  • Remove pan from oven. Using paring knife, poke holes in underside of bag to release liquid into pan. (Be careful of escaping steam.) Using kitchen shears, cut bag around perimeter of turkey and remove top of bag. Holding tied end, pull bottom portion of bag from underneath turkey, using tongs to tilt turkey as needed. Discard bag. Transfer V-rack with turkey to rimmed baking sheet, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest for 1 hour.
  • Using wooden spoon, scrape up any browned bits from bottom of pan. Discard turkey neck. Strain contents of pan through fine-mesh strainer set over large bowl. Using spoon, press on vegetables to extract as much liquid as possible; discard vegetables. Let juices sit to allow fat to rise to top, about 5 minutes. Using ladle, skim fat from top of juices and reserve 1/2 cup; discard remaining fat.
  • If necessary, add enough extra broth to defatted juices to measure 6 cups. Combine reserved fat and remaining 2/3 cup flour in medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until mixture is color of peanut butter, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Slowly whisk in defatted juices and bring to simmer. Cook until gravy is slightly thickened and coats back of spoon, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and keep warm.
  • Carve turkey and transfer to serving platter. Microwave remaining 8 tablespoons butter with minced thyme, minced rosemary, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until melted, about 1 minute. Pour herb butter over turkey. Serve, passing gravy separately.


Calories: 996kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 176gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 507mgSodium: 933mgPotassium: 2023mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 5340IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 7mg
Keyword BBQ, Sauce, Turkey
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