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Perfect Roast Turkey

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Leite's Culinaria
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main-dish low carb thanksgiving dinner
Nutrition per serving    (USDA % daily values)
CAL
2946
FAT
316%
CHOL
354%
SOD
1206%

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Ingredients for 12 servings

6 quarts (24 cups) cold water

1 3/4 cups coarse or kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

1 cup granulated sugar

3 medium onions, peeled and coarsely chopped

3 leeks, white and pale green parts only, coarsely chopped and washed well

3 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped

3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped

3 dried bay leaves

6 sprigs thyme

6 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

2 loaves good-quality white bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 20 cups)

1 1/2 pounds (4 cups) fresh chestnuts

12 tablespoons (6 ounces) unsalted butter

4 small onions, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 4 cubes)

1 bunch celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 4 cups)

3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage

5 cups chicken stock

3 cups coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 tablespoon coarse salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 fresh whole (18 to 20 pounds) turkey, rinsed and patted dry, giblets and neck reserved for gravy

8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted, plus 4 tablespoons more, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc

Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chestnut stuffing

Lady apples (optional)

Fresh sage leaves (optional)

Whole chestnuts (optional)

Reserved giblets and neck from turkey

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped

1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped

1 leek, white and pale-green parts only, coarsely chopped and well washed

1 medium onion, peeled and coarsely chopped

3 sprigs fresh thyme

3 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 sprig fresh rosemary

1 bay leaf

5 whole black peppercorns

1 quart water

3/4 cup dry white wine

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

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