Spatchcocked turkey with herb butter - Everything Anna

Spatchcocked turkey with herb butter

This method, which disposes of the backbone so the bird can be flattened and cooked skin side up, is a game changer. It cuts your cooking time by half and produces the juiciest, crispest most delicious turkey. Served on a wooden board, becomes your Thanksgiving centerpiece!
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Recipe Beth Jacob. Food Styling Kari Wardrop. Photography Jerry Grajewski.

Recipe Beth Jacob. Food Styling Kari Wardrop. Photography Jerry Grajewski.

Start with the very finest, freshest turkey you can find. We got ours at Piazza DeNardi, which to Manitoba is what Whole Foods Market is to Toronto, or LA. With a pair of scissors, cut the backbone right out of the turkey; turn it breast side up and press to flatten onto a parchment-lined high-rimmed baking sheet.

Then follow the directions below for a worry-free turkey at your Thanksgiving table!


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  • 8Servings



  • 1 (12-15 pound) turkey
  • 4 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 4 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Herb butter

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped


For herb butter, in small bowl mix butter with herbs. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 425°F. Place turkey on cutting board breast-side down. Using kitchen or poultry shears, remove the backbone from the turkey by cutting through the rib bones along either side. Flip the turkey over and press down on the breastbone, breaking it, to flatten. Using your fingers, make a pocket between the flesh and the skin on the breasts. Put half the herb butter under the skin on each side, pressing to distribute evenly. Place the chopped vegetables on rimmed baking sheet; lay the turkey breast-side up on top. Season all over with salt and pepper. Roast for 2 hours, rotating pan halfway through cooking time. Cook until thermometer reads 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh. Remove from oven, tent with foil and let rest 15 minutes before carving.