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45-Minute Roast Turkey

    1 - 8 to 12-pound turkey
    10 garlic cloves, peeled and lightly crushed, more to taste
    1 branch fresh tarragon or thyme separated into sprigs, or
      1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or tarragon
    1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil or butter
    Salt and pepper to taste.

 1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Put turkey on a stable cutting board
    breast side down and cut out backbone. Turn turkey over, and press
    on it to flatten. Put it, breast side up, in a roasting pan. Wings
    should partly cover breasts, and legs should protrude a bit.

 2. Tuck garlic and tarragon under the bird and in the nooks of the
    wings and legs. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle liberally
    with salt and pepper.

 3. Roast for 20 minutes, undisturbed. Turkey should be browning.
    Remove from oven, baste with pan juices, and return to oven.
    Reduce heat to 400 degrees (if turkey browns too quickly, reduce
    temperature to 350 degrees).

 4. Begin to check turkey's temperature about 15 minutes later (10
    minutes if bird is on the small side). It is done when thigh meat
    registers 165 degrees on an instant-read meat thermometer. Check
    it in a couple of places.

 5. Let turkey rest for a few minutes before carving, then serve with
    garlic cloves and pan juices. Yield: At least 10 servings.


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