Since the Pilgrims sat down to dinner with the Native Americans of Massachusetts, holiday dinners in America have focused on roasted turkey and an assortment of side dishes that reflect the foods of each region of the country and the cultural, religious or ethnic origins of the family.

Roasted Turkey with Mushroom Herb Sauce
Serves 14

The turkey is sprinkled with a traditional seasoning rub and is served with a light mushroom sauce as an alternative to traditional gravy.

1-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
14 to 16-pound Butterball® Turkey, thawed if frozen
PAM® No-Stick Cooking Spray

2 tablespoons Fleischmann’s® Margarine
1 cup chopped mushrooms
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup half-and-half

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Stir together poultry seasoning, paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper in small dish to make seasoning mixture.

Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities of turkey.

Drain juices and dry turkey with paper towels. Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place. Place turkey, breast side up, on flat rack in shallow roasting pan.

Cover turkey with cooking spray and sprinkle with seasoning mixture.

Roast turkey 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until thigh is 180°F on a meat thermometer. Cover breast and top of drumsticks with foil after 2 hours to prevent overcooking of breast. When done, let turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.

For sauce, melt Fleischmann’s in small saucepan over low heat. Add mushrooms; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in flour, poultry seasoning, salt, thyme, and pepper.

Gradually stir in broth and half-and-half. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Serve over sliced turkey.

Recipe Tip: Sauce may be prepared several hours or up to one day in advance and reheated in the microwave on Medium (50% power) 3 to 4 minutes or until hot, stirring every minute.

Nutrition Note: Replace traditional turkey gravy with a make-ahead light mushroom sauce that is rich in flavor so only a small amount is needed to compliment the turkey.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3-1/2 hours
Stand Time: 15 minutes

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