Roast Turkey with Madeira Gravy



14 lb WHOLE TURKEY, fresh or frozen, thawed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper As needed

1 Medium yellow onions, qtered

1/4 c fresh parsley, chopped

2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped

2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

2 Medium shallots, finely chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

1/3 c Madeira

1 Medium yellow onion, chopped

Carrots, chopped

2 celery ribs, chopped

1/2 tbsp olive oil


2/3 c Madeira

1/4 c dry white wine

1-1/2 tbsp cornstarch

1 Bunch fresh thyme

1 Bunch fresh rosemary




Remove giblets (discard liver), neck and any visible fat from turkey; reserve for stock. Rinse turkey with cold running water and drain well. Blot dry with paper towels.

Sprinkle turkey cavity with salt and pepper. Place one quartered medium onion in cavity.

Combine parsley, 2 tablespoons each thyme and rosemary, shallots and 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with salt and a generous grinding of pepper.

Separate turkey skin from breast meat, taking care not to tear skin or pierce the meat.

Rub herb mixture under the skin on each side of the breastbone.

Tie drumsticks together with kitchen string and twist wing tips behind the back.

Place turkey, breast side up, on a wire roasting rack (sprayed with non-stick cooking spray) in a shallow hotel pan.

Loosely cover turkey with foil and roast in a preheated 325 degree F. oven for 2 hours.

Remove foil from turkey and continue to roast, basting every 15 minutes with 1/3 cup Madeira. Cook another 1 to 1-3/4 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 175-180 degrees F in the thigh.

Transfer turkey to carving board and loosely cover with foil. Rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.


Over medium heat, cook 1 chopped onion, carrots, celery, reserved giblets and neck in 1/2 tablespoon oil. Stir frequently, about 15 minutes until giblets and vegetables are well browned.

Add turkey stock and bring to a boil over high heat.

Reduce heat to low, partially cover pan and simmer for 30 minutes.

Strain giblet stock through fine sieve.

Yields: 2 cups. Discard giblets and vegetables. Cover and refrigerate stock up to 6 hours, until ready to use.


Pour pan drippings from roasting pan through a fine sieve. Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes to solidify fat.

Meanwhile, deglaze the roasting pan with remaining 2/3 cup Madeira and 1/4 cup dry white wine. Cook about 1 minute, until the mixture comes to a boil. Strain liquid through a fine sieve into a sauce pot.

Skim the fat from the chilled pan and discard. Add drippings to the sauce pot. Add the reserved giblet stock. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Dissolve cornstarch in 2 tablespoons cold water. Slowly add to the simmering mixture, whisking until gravy thickens slightly. Season with salt and pepper.


Carve turkey and serve with warm Madeira gravy. Garnish with additional sprigs from bunches of fresh thyme and rosemary.


Nutrition Facts

490 Total Calories

200 Calories from Fat

22 g Total Fat

34 % Daily Total Fat

6 g Saturated Fat

30 % Daily Saturated Fat

180 g Cholesterol

60 % Daily Cholesterol

390 mg Sodium

16 % Daily Sodium

3 g Total Carbohydrates

1 % Daily Total Carbohydrates

0 g Dietary Fiber

0 % Daily Dietary Fiber

1 g Sugars

61 g Protein

2 % Daily Protein

4 % Daily Vitamin C

6 % Daily Calcium

25 % Daily Iron