Fast Upside-Down Turkey
Ingredients14 h 45 m servings 633
- Place turkey in a large pan, bowl, or tub. Remove the neck and innards and save to make a gravy, if desired. Season the inside of the turkey with 1 1/2 tablespoons salt, and then the outside with the rest, until the entire surface of the bird has a thin coating of salt crystals. Transfer to the refrigerator, uncovered, and let brine for 12 to 24 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Set a large foil roasting pan over a sheet pan.
- Cut the bread loaf lengthwise into two halves. Butter generously and place buttered-side up into the prepared roasting pan, pushing bread halves together so they are touching.
- Remove turkey from the fridge and stuff sage, rosemary, and thyme into the cavity. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and place breast-side down on top of the bread, making sure turkey is as steady and straight-up as possible. Tuck wing tips up and over the drumette.
- Roast in the preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 2 hours. Let turkey rest for at least 15 to 20 minutes before carving.
- In the meantime, cut bread into cubes and transfer onto a serving plate; keep warm as needed. Spoon juices onto the turkey, place it on top of the bread, and carve.
- Chef's Notes:
- Instead of serving it upside-down, you can flip the turkey right-side up and broil it on high for about 5 minutes to brown the pale skin above the breast.
- Feel free to use Italian bread instead of French.
- If you don't have kitchen string, just use dental floss or a bent paper clip.
- Editor's Note:
- Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of bread and butter. The actual amount consumed will vary.
Per Serving: 633 calories; 28.2 13.5 76.4 221 1478 Full nutrition
ReviewsRead all reviews 4
This was so easy and fast and juicy! I used a baguette under the 17lb turkey, one half under the breast bone and other halves on either side of that. They were completely flattened by the turkey...
Best Turkey ever! I followed the recipe down to the foil roasting pan. It turned out juicy and perfect! I had another turkey that I slow cooked in a slow cooker and all the guests agreed the fas...
My turkey was 20lbs. I followed this recipe to a tee and it was the juiciest most delicious turkey I've ever made. Everyone loved this. Unfortunately, my bread got a little too squishy and tough...