Herb-Brined Turkey with Pear Gravy

Herb-Brined Turkey with Pear Gravy
Photo by Mark Thomas

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup fresh thyme sprigs
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons fresh marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 13-pound turkey
  • 3 water
  • + 8 more ingredients
    • 1 cup pear juice
    • 12 Turkish bay leaves
    • ½ cup all purpose flour
    • ½ cup butter
    • 1/3 cup fresh marjoram sprigs
    • 1/3 cup fresh sage sprigs
    • 1 3-pound box coarse kosher salt
    • ½ cup whole black peppercorns

Stir 3 gallons water and salt in large pot until salt dissolves. Stir in peppercorns and next 4 ingredients. Add turkey to brine. Place large plate atop turkey to submerge. Place in refrigerator. Soak turkey 8 to 10 hours. Remove turkey from brine; rinse and pat dry. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead....

View full recipe at Epicurious

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