Sage-Roasted Turkey With Caramelized Onions

Prep Time
Cook Time
4h 20m
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"Very moist turkey from Bon Appetit Every-Night Cooking. The turkey roasts on a bed of caramelized onions that mixes with the turkey drippings to make a delicious gravy. It can also be made with a whole chicken."

Original recipe yields 10 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (791.3 g)
  • Calories 870.3
  • Total Fat - 22.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 562.5 mg
  • Sodium - 916.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 10.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.5 g
  • Sugars - 3.7 g
  • Protein - 149.6 g
  • Calcium - 111.6 mg
  • Iron - 6.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 425F.

Step 2

Toss onions and 2 tablespoons oil in large roasting pan. Roast until onions are golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes, about 1 hour.

Step 3

Meanwhile, rinse turkey inside and out; pat dry.

Step 4

Slide hand under skin of turkey breast to loosen skin.

Step 5

Spread butter under skin over breast meat.

Step 6

Arrange 4 sage leaves under skin on each side of breast.

Step 7

If stuffing turkey, spoon stuffing loosely into main cavity.

Step 8

Tuck wing tips under turkey; tie legs together loosely.

Step 9

Rub turkey all over with 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Step 10

Place turkey atop onions in pan.

Step 11

Add neck, heart and gizzard pieces to pan.

Step 12

Roast turkey 30 minutes.

Step 13

Pour 1 cup broth into pan.

Step 14

Tent turkey loosely with foil.

Step 15

Reduce oven temperature to 325F. Roast turkey 2 hours.

Step 16

Uncover; continue to roast until turkey is golden brown and thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180F, basting occasionally with pan juices, about 1 hour longer.

Step 17

Transfer to platter. Tent loosely with foil; let stand 30 minutes.

Step 18

Remove neck and giblet pieces from pan; discard.

Step 19

Pour onion mixture into large glass measuring cup; spoon off fat, reserving 2 tablespoons. Add more chicken broth to onion mixture if necessary to measure 5 cups total.

Step 20

Heat reserved 2 tablespoons turkey fat in large saucepan over medium-high heat.

Step 21

Add 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped sage; stir 30 seconds.

Step 22

Add flour; whisk until beginning to color, about 3 minutes (mixture will be dry and crumbly).

Step 23

Gradually whisk in onion mixture, wine and nutmeg. Simmer until gravy thickens, whisking 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

Step 24

Carve turkey; serve hot with gravy.

Tips & Variations

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