Perfect Roasted Turkey à la Martha Stewart

I am super excited about cooking Thanksgiving dinner again! Because I’ve finally worked out the kinks to making some of our traditional favorites both gluten- and dairy-free. This turkey is roasted to perfection with a cheesecloth soaked in a wine and vegan butter mixture.

gluten-free dairy-free roasted turkey using Martha Stewart's roasting 101 method, gluten-free stuffing and sides

Perfect Roasted Turkey à la Martha Stewart

I originally learned to cook a stuffed turkey in those Reynold’s turkey cooking bags, which always led to a lovely and dare I say it – moist – turkey.  

But the last few years I’ve been using Martha Stewart’s perfect roasted turkey method 101 and the turkey turns out insanely good.  

You just can’t go wrong with a white wine and buttery baste.  We used Earth Balance butter spread or sticks (non-dairy, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO) in place of real butter.  

Oh and the house smells amazing.

Turkey dinner plate for Thanksgiving

It’s pretty easy but you just need to pay attention to it.  And love on it a little.  But it is worth it because it comes out so perfect and delicious!  And then there is the gravy…

I’ve also got a great recipe for really good gluten-free stuffing.  

homemade gluten-free stuffing with onions, celery and poultry seasoning

And healthier than a casserole fancy green beans. You can see why I’m excited about Thanksgiving again.

green beans tossed in vinaigrette with toasted walnuts and fried shallots

Roasting the Turkey to Perfection

So for the last few years, we’ve ordered a veg-fed, organic, antibiotic-free bone-in turkey breast from the Wheatsville Co-Op that is usually around 7 pounds.  

Martha uses a 20 pound turkey so I’ve adjusted the cooking times for our much smaller bird.  

I don’t wash the bird.  But we do leave it out for about half an hour to come to room temp.  And I don’t stuff it because gluten-free stuffing can be kind of finicky so we just leave it be.  

So to prepare the bird:

  • Rub the bird skin with vegan butter spread and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  
  • Before cooking the turkey, melt a mixture of chardonnay and Earth Balance butter spread or sticks in a sauce pan. Then soak a cheesecloth in the wine/vegan butter mixture.  
  • Keep the remaining sauce warm for basting the turkey.
  • Place the turkey in a roasting pan on top of some sliced onions and celery.  Then place soaked cheesecloth over the turkey.  
  • Start roasting the turkey in the oven at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.  

Thanksgiving dinner with perfect roasted turkey, gluten-free stuffing, cranberry sauce and fancy green beans.

The turkey is going to be so beautiful.  But the next few steps are where the extra love comes in. 

  • Take the turkey out to baste the cheesecloth with some of the remaining wine/vegan butter mixture.
  • Turn temp down to 325 degrees, which is recommended for this particular bird.  Cook for 1 hour basting once at the 30 minute mark.    
  • Then remove the cheesecloth, baste with remaining liquid and turn the oven up to 350 for 30 minutes (we changed the temp again because that’s when the stuffing went into the oven).  

perfect roasted turkey

Pull the perfect roasted turkey out to drain the drippings (to make gravy), then cook at 350 until it reaches the internal temp of 165 F and has browned nicely (about 20 minutes more).  

Make the gravy while it finishes cooking.    

For the gravy, I usually use equal parts vegan butter and gluten-free flour to create a roux.  I remove the fat from the turkey drippings/basting liquids.  Then use the remaining liquids to make the gravy adding in a little more salt and pepper if needed.  Oh my! 

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

Perfect Roasted Turkey à la Martha Stewart

With a little time and love this turkey is roasted to perfection with a gluten-free, dairy-free vegan butter and white wine baste.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Perfect Roasted Turkey à la Martha Stewart
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 8
Author Deana Larkin Evans

Ingredients

  • 7 pound organic bone-in turkey breast
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 stalks organic celery, roughly chopped into large pieces
  • 2 cups organic white wine (Chardonnay)
  • 2 sticks Earth balance vegan butter
  • cheesecloth
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper

Gravy

  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 2 tbsp GF flour
  • 1-2 cups cooking liquid from the turkey

Instructions

  1. Bring the turkey to room temp (about 30 minutes for this size turkey).

  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  3. Place the sliced onions and roughly chopped celery on the bottom of a roasting pan. Place the turkey on top.  Rub the turkey skin with some of the vegan butter spread. Wash your hands then sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

  4. In a small sauce pan, melt 1 1/2 sticks vegan butter. Add the 2 cups of white wine.

  5. Cut a cheesecloth that will drape over the bird. Soak the cheesecloth in the wine/vegan butter mixture. Place the cheesecloth soaked in the wine/vegan butter mixture over the turkey and place in the oven for 30 minutes.

  6. Take the turkey out to baste the cheesecloth with some of the remaining wine/vegan butter mixture and turn the temp down to 325 degrees. Cook for 1 hour basting again at the 30 minute mark.

  7. Then remove the cheesecloth, baste with remaining liquid and turn the oven up to 350 for 30 minutes. Pull the turkey out to drain the drippings (to make gravy), then cook at 350 until it reached the internal temp of 165 and had browned nicely (about 20 minutes more). Remove from oven and let rest before serving.

For the Gravy

  1. Separate the fat from the turkey drippings/basting liquids and discard. Use the remaining liquid to make the gravy.

  2. Use equal parts vegan butter and gluten-free flour to create a roux. Mix for about a minute over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Slowly whisk in the cooking liquid to the roux. Bring to a boil and desired thickness (add more liquid for a less thick gravy). Taste test for salt and pepper if needed.

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Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So hi, I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten-free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010, then cut dairy and casein (except for the occasional Parmesan) in 2014. We learned A2 casein (goat, sheep and buffalo milk) is easier to digest than the predominate A1 form in cow milk. So we brought back goat milk dairy into our recipes in 2016. Thank goodness, right! So I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course. Currently, I'm learning about the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with healthy recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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2 Responses

  1. Jenny says:

    I cannot wait to try this! This is the recipe my mom used when I was growing up. I haven’t had Thanksgiving with her in a long time (she passed away), and we have always eaten with my husband’s family. This year, it’s just the four of us. I was looking to adapt this to a breast! Can’t wait for my kids to try the best turkey ever! Thank you!

    • I’m so excited for you to try it! I absolutely love the way it turns out. My mom passed years ago as well but Thanksgiving always reminds me of her and teaching me how to make Thanksgiving dinner. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

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