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Crisp-Skinned Butterflied Roast Turkey with Gravy

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Note: For moister meat, turkey should be salted for one to two days in advance. Season turkey on all sides with salt (preferably under the skin), place on a large plate, cover loosely with foil or plastic wrap, and refrigerate for one to two days. If desired, rinse off excess salt before cooking and pat dry with paper towels.

For full step-by-step photos demonstrating how to prepare a butterflied turkey for roasting, check out the slideshow here.

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