Old reciepe from mom, everyone who has eaten my turkey have loved it and have said they have never had a turkey with gravey that was so good. The key ingredients are the ground red pepper and ground aniseed, the ground anise you will have to get on line or maybe a health food store or if you know someone in Portugal who can send you some, even if you don't have the ground anise it is very good. There is no real measurements just estiments, The old-timers never measured. I use the same ingredients on my roast chicken and roast beef adds nice flavor yet diffrent meats have their own taste.
Stuff your turkey with favorate stuffing.
I use Bells Stuffing (it is made in Bridgewater,MA ) very hard to find in the Southern States.
Don't let the simpleness of the spices turn you off, it will supprise your family.
You need a coffee cup for this recipe, take your salt and sprinkle into coffee cup as you make believe your putting salt on the turkey (include the area in pan that is left over space) do the same with the garlic, ground red pepper add 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of ground aniseed( if using)? Add water slowly to get dry ingredients into a paste then add more water until cup is about 1/2 full. As your stirring pour over Turkey.
You don't want it to thick on the bird and you want a nice flavor not to salted, after I pour the spice mixture on the bird I take my baby finger touch it to the turkey then taste it, if too salty drizzle a little water on it. Now you can shake more red pepper flakes if you want it more spicy and you can also sprinkle more garlic powder on it now.
You also want about 1/2 to 1 inch of water on bottom of pan, make sure the water in the pan has some seasoning flavor in it too. (the little pinky finger test)
Pour any left over into pan this will add to the flavoring of the gravey. You can add potatoes to the pan also. Cook as you do your birds or follow cooking directions on the bird package. Hope you like