|The original article from the Tri-City Herald.|
Such a recipe is "A Turkey in 2 Hours" from a long-ago edition of the Tri-City Herald. The technique is from Chef Wil Masset, then owner and master chef of Birchfield Manor in Yakima. He is still there, though his son is now the chef and owner.
My turkey weighed 15 pounds, and was Organic Prairie brand from Fred Meyer. Blue Valley Meats offered local turkeys, but I didn't decide on the menu this year soon enough to order one from them. I sincerely miss my former turkey providers, Russ and Laurie Stasska, who moved to North Carolina. Happy holidays, you two!
A TURKEY IN TWO HOURS
from Chef Wil Masset, Birchfield Manor, Yakima
You will need:
- Sharp knives
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Carrots, Celery and Onion
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Position rack low enough so the oven can accommodate the roaster and turkey. Remember the turkey will be on its side, and thus perhaps a bit higher than if it were lying flat.
Prepare your seasonings and oil in little bowls so you have them all ready for when you begin to massage the turkey. For my 15-pound turkey, I used 2 teaspoons each of salt and pepper, 1/2 cup olive oil, and 5 teaspoons paprika (2 sweet, 2 smoked, and 1 hot).
Cut off the turkey's crop skin at neck, and cut off wings at second joint. Remove giblets. I placed the neck in the roasting pan to use in stock.
Place the bird in a large roasting pan on a bed of chopped carrots, celery and onion.
Now, rub the turkey (and the wings) with a mixture of salt, pepper and paprika, inside and out. Then rub olive oil into the turkey.
Arrange the turkey on its side, propping it up securely with the wings. Placing the turkey on its side better uses the oven heat and speeds cooking, preserving the moisture in the meat.
|Place the prepared turkey on its side. This is important.|
Re-stabilize the turkey (remember to place it on its side) with the wings. You can turn the wings, too.
Return turkey to oven and continue roasting for another half hour to an hour ... until juices run clear when meat is pierced at the thigh joint near the body. A thermometer placed there should read at least 160 degrees.
My 15-pound turkey, which was completely thawed, took 2-1/2 hours to roast.
If the breast meat is done but the leg/thigh joint needs more time, you can either cover the breast with foil, or slice off the breast meat, and roast the rest of the bird some more.
This method produces a juicy, flavorful turkey, and the carcass/bones make a splendid stock. I used the drippings to make a gravy using almond flour and arrowroot, from a recipe in this cookbook.
A 15-pound bird will easily serve 8 to 10 people.