1 (14 pound) turkey (preferably kosher or self basted)
with all giblets removed
2 white onions, roughly chopped
2 celery ribs,
2 carrots, roughly chopped
1/2 cup kosher salt
2 sprigs thyme
1 quart chicken stock
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon Kitchen Bouquet (optional)
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Set up a "V" rack in your roasting
pan. You might want to line it with foil and then spray the foil with cooking spray
(it will be easier to remove) Stuff the turkey with the one chopped onion, one rib
of celery and one carrot.
Truss the turkey, you can use ordinary kitchen twine. Tie the legs together at
the ankles then run the twine under the wings of the turkey, pull the twine tight
and tie a knot at the neck of the bird. Place the bird on the rack. Place the remaining
vegetables underneath the "V" rack and cover with a 2 cups of water. Rub
the butter around the bird, coating it as evenly as possible.
Sprinkle the bird with salt and the remaining thyme. Place the turkey on the "V"
rack. Place the turkey in the oven. Cook for 1 hour, and then baste it with some
of the drippings and reduce the temperature to 275 degrees F for two hours and continue
roasting until poking a hole in the leg results with clear running juices.
Remove the turkey from oven and let it rest. This is critical; otherwise if you
start cutting into it you will lose a lot of juices.
Place the bird on a cutting board and cover with foil.
Gravy: Use the juices that you have in the roasting pan and add 1 quart chicken
stock to them
Place these juices along with the now roasted vegetables in a saucepan. Bring
to a boil and let the gravy base reduce for 10 minutes.
In a small cup, mix a half a cup of cold water with cornstarch, and then add
it to the gravy base. Using a hand mixer, puree the gravy base until smooth. Add
a little kitchen bouquet to give the gravy a darker color if needed. (optional)
Carve the turkey and serve.