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5 Simple But Original Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes to Impress Your Guests


4. Roast Turkey with Wild Mushroom Gravy
1 (12 pound) turkey
2 tbsp lemon zest
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ cup fresh sage
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp black pepper
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
2 celery roots, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
½ celery root
8 ounces Cremini mushrooms
8 ounces white mushrooms
4 ounces Shiitake mushrooms
1 cup dry white wine
½ cup sour cream
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 Remove giblets, neck and tail from turkey and discard. Rinse the bird inside and out, pat dry with paper towels.
2 Mix lemon zest, sage, pepper and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture inside bird’s body cavity, and rub all over outside of turkey. Tie wings and drumsticks together with a kitchen string. Place turkey in pan and leave it uncovered in the fridge for a night.
3 Preheat oven to 325 degree F. Mix carrot, onion, celery and olive oil in a big bowl. Sprinkle vegetable mixture with lemon juice and place half in the pan around turkey and another the remainder in body cavity of the bird. Roast the turkey for 2-3 hours.
4 About 20 minutes before turkey finishes roasting, prepare your mushroom gravy: blend the mushrooms and celery root till creamy mixture. Pour the mixture into the big pan, stew, covered, for 5-6 minutes. Then add sour cream, wine and flour and cook till it’s done.
Serve generous portions of the turkey (sliced medium to thick) and cover with the mushroom gravy.