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Slow-Roasted Turkey
Serves 10 to 12

2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 3/4 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon dried sweet basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
3/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne

1 (10- to 12-pound) turkey
36 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
1 medium onion, peeled, quartered, and separated
2 celery ribs, cut in half crosswise
1 large green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into 2-inch strips
2 large carrots, peeled and cut in half lengthwise

Combine the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl.

Remove, but do not discard, the large, fatty deposits found inside
the flaps by the breast and tail cavities of the turkey.

Place a 10-inch skillet over high heat and render the turkey fat.
Discard all but 1 tablespoon and return this to the skillet. Add
the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of the seasoning mix, and saute until
the garlic just begins to turn brown and soft, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from the heat and drain. Blot with paper towels to remove
any fat that may still remain, and set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 225.

Work your fingers between the breast meat and the skin to form
pockets, and place the cooled sauteed garlic evenly inside these
pockets. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the seasoning mix inside the
breast cavity, then place the vegetables inside the cavity. Position
the carrots last because they're the easiest to put in.

Sprinkle the remaining seasoning mix evenly over the outside of
the turkey. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan and roast
uncovered until tender and golden brown, about 6 to 6 1/2 hours.
To test for doneness, after about 6 hours, remove the turkey from
the oven and run a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh along
the bone. Remove the skewer and press down on the hole. If the
liquid runs clear, the turkey is done. If not, place the turkey
back into the oven, and continue to check periodically until the
liquid runs clear.

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