Steamed & Roasted Turkey

Chef Anna's recipe first followed by Chef Jacques Pepin's

Published On: Nov 18 2012 09:22:38 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 19 2012 11:24:24 AM CST

Steamed and Roasted Turkey with Basting Oil

TOTAL TIME

2 hours 15 minutes (including 45 minutes for steaming and 1 ½ hours for roasting)

FOR THE TURKEY

1 16- to 18-pound turkey, preferably fresh, with neck, gizzard, heart and liver, knobby ends of drumsticks cut off so you can remove sinews later (this is not mandatory but will allow for an easier removal of the sinews in the turkey’s legs)

1 package of baby carrots

2 cups diced (1/2-inch) onions

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups orange juice

1 jar HEB Basting Oil, use as desired

FOR THE GRAVY

1 cup white wine

2 teaspoons potato starch or cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

Salt and black pepper

Preparation

For the turkey: Cut off the ends of the drumsticks if your butcher hasn't already. Make a cut about 1-inch deep and 1 1/2 inches long at the joint connecting the drumstick and thigh of each leg and at the joint connecting each of the wings and the breast.

Place a small wire rack (or crumpled foil) in the bottom of a large stockpot (or other large pot like a canning or lobster pot) and add 4 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of orange juice. Place the turkey (minus the neck, gizzard, heart and liver) in the pot, and bring the liquid to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and steam the turkey for about 45 minutes.

Remove the pot with the turkey from the heat and heat the oven to 375 degrees. When the turkey is cool enough to handle, remove it from the pot and place it breast side up in a roasting pan. Drizzle basting oil on the turkey. Add 1/3 cup of water to the bottom of the pan and put the pan in the heated oven. Cook the turkey for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle the carrots and onions around it, and stir to coat them with any fat in the pan. Brush the turkey with more basting oil, and continue to cook it in the oven for 1 to 1 ½ hours longer, brushing it with the basting oil occasionally. If the top of the bird begins to brown too much, cover it loosely with aluminum foil.

Remove the turkey from the oven when the breast and the leg register an internal temperature of about 160 degrees. Transfer to an ovenproof serving platter and, using small pliers and a fork, pull the sinews (which are visible at the drumstick tips) from the drumsticks through the tines of the fork, so you do not pull out chunks of meat along with the sinews. Discard the sinews. Keep the turkey warm, uncovered, in a 160-degree oven.

For the sauce: Transfer the contents of the empty pan to a saucepan and let rest for 5 minutes. Skim off as much fat as you want from the surface. Place the pan over medium-low heat, add the wine and cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until it thickens. Simmer for 1 minute and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a warm sauce boat and serve.

Steamed and Roasted Turkey

Adapted from "Jacques Pépin Celebrates" (Knopf, 2001)

TOTAL TIME

3 hours 15 minutes (including 45 minutes for steaming and 2 hours for roasting)

FOR THE TURKEY
1 16- to 18-pound turkey, preferably fresh and organic, with neck, gizzard, heart and liver, knobby ends of drumsticks cut off so you can remove sinews later (you can ask your butcher to do this)

1 1/2 cups diced (1/2-inch) carrots

2 cups diced (1/2-inch) onions

FOR THE GLAZE

1/2 cup apple cider

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

1 teaspoon Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

FOR THE SAUCE

1 cup white wine

2 teaspoons potato starch or cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

Salt and black pepper

Preparation

1. For the turkey: Cut off the ends of the drumsticks if your butcher hasn't already. Make a cut about 1-inch deep and 1 1/2 inches long at the joint connecting the drumstick and thigh of each leg and at the joint connecting each of the wings and the breast.

2. Place a small wire rack (or crumpled foil) in the bottom of a large stockpot (or other large pot like a canning or lobster pot) and add 6 cups of water. Place the turkey (minus the neck, gizzard, heart and liver) in the pot, and bring the water to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and steam the turkey for about 30 minutes.

3. For the glaze: In a small bowl, mix together the cider, vinegar, Tabasco and salt. Set aside.

4. Remove the pot with the turkey from the heat and heat the oven to 375 degrees. When the turkey is cool enough to handle, remove it from the pot (reserving the stock created from the steaming) and place it breast side up in a roasting pan. Put the pan in the heated oven, and cook the turkey for 30 minutes. Sprinkle the carrots and onions around it, and stir to coat them with any fat in the pan. Brush the turkey with the glaze, and continue to cook it in the oven for 1 1/2 hours longer, brushing it with the glaze occasionally. If the top of the bird begins to brown too much, cover it loosely with aluminum foil.

5. While the turkey is roasting, pour the reserved stock into a bowl and let it rest until most of the fat rises to the surface, about 10 minutes. Skim off and discard as much fat as possible. Transfer the stock to a saucepan and add the turkey neck, gizzard and heart. (As a special treat, sauté the liver in a little butter, add salt and pepper and snack on it with a cold glass of white wine.) Bring the stock to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Simmer, partly covered, until reduced to 4 cups, about 1 hour. Remove the neck, gizzard and heart from the stock, pick the meat from the neck and coarsely chop the meat along with the gizzard and heart. (You should have about 2 cups of meat.) Return the chopped mixture to the stock.

6. Remove the turkey from the oven when the breast and the leg register an internal temperature of about 160 degrees. Transfer to an ovenproof serving platter and, using small pliers and a fork, pull the sinews (which are visible at the drumstick tips) from the drumsticks through the tines of the fork, so you do not pull out chunks of meat along with the sinews. Discard the sinews. Keep the turkey warm, uncovered, in a 160-degree oven.

7. For the sauce: Add the stock and giblets to the vegetables in the roasting pan and mix well with a wooden spoon, scraping the bottom. Transfer the contents to a saucepan and let rest for 5 minutes. Skim off as much fat from the surface as possible. Place the pan over medium-low heat, add the wine and potato-starch mixture and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until it thickens. Simmer for 1 minute and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a warm sauce boat and serve.

YIELD: About 15 servings