Orange Champagne Turkey with Fresh Herbs
Total Time: 4 hours
- 2 tablespoons parsley, dried
- 2 tablespoons ground dried rosemary
- 2 tablespoons dried sage
- 2 tablespoons dried thyme, leaves
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 turkey, (15 pounds) neck and giblets removed
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 oranges, cut into wedges
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 cups chicken bone broth, organic
- 1 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a turkey roaster with sheets of aluminum foil that will be long enough to wrap over the turkey.
- Stir together the parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture into the cavity of the turkey, then stuff with the celery, orange, onion, and carrot. Truss if desired.
- Place the turkey into the roasting pan. Pour the bone broth and champagne over the turkey, making sure to get some champagne in the cavity. Bring the aluminum foil over the top of the turkey, and seal. Try to keep the foil from touching the skin of the turkey breast or legs.
- Bake the turkey for 3 hours until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear. Uncover the turkey, and continue baking until the skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).
- Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with foil, and allow to rest in a warm area 15 minutes before carving.
Turkey is a rich source of protein and also contains an array of minerals like zinc, iron, potassium and phosphorus. We like to associate turkey with sleepiness, as it contains tryptophan, but this amino acid actually helps to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin, so turkey is also a happiness and immune booster!