Ikaroo shares this Thanksgiving recipe, inspired by the cooking style of New York City chef Tom Valenti. Allow at least 20 minutes before carving. Use a long, sharp blade to slice breast meat; a heavy chef's knife to remove thighs, legs, and wings.
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Heat oven to 475 degrees F. Remove neck giblets and discard. Sprinkle the capon with the salt and pepper. Place the garlic head, rosemary, thyme, and butter in the cavity of the capon; tie the legs together with kitchen twine and place on a rack in a roasting pan. Pour 2 cups water in the bottom of the pan and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue to roast. Baste with pan drippings every 30 minutes until a thermometer inserted between body and thigh (avoid touching the bone) reaches 167 degrees F and the bird's juices run clear -- about 3 1/2 hours. Remove the bird from the oven; remove the garlic and herbs from the cavity and reserve if making gravy.