Roast Turkey

Steps on how to prepare a Roast Turkey recipe

Time

3 hour 50 minutes

Servings

1

Calories

698.4

    Ingredients

  • 1 (12 -20 lb) whole turkey
  • 4 tablespoons butter (real butter, more on outside for more browning)
  • chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder, granulated
  • 1 tablespoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 2 tablespoons paprika (more on outside for more browning)

    How to make it

  1. 1. STEP

    Remove giblets from both cavities at both ends and set aside. Rinse the bird inside and out and pat dry with paper towel.

  2. 2. STEP

    Place a rack into a large roasting pan,and then place the turkey onto the rack with the breast and legs up.

  3. 3. STEP

    Mix all of the seasonings, except the paprika, together with the butter.

  4. 4. STEP

    Place your hand between the skin and the flesh from the rear of the turkey and slide a palm full of butter and seasoning mixture in between the skin and flesh.

  5. 5. STEP

    Then place a glob of butter into the palm of your hand and generously rub the entire turkey with the butter. Generously sprinkle the entire bird with salt, freshly ground black pepper, onion powder, granulated garlic powder, tarragon, parsley flakes, thyme, basil and paprika. Pour about 1/4" to 1/2" of chicken broth in the bottom of the roasting pan, being careful not to wash any of the seasonings off the turkey.

  6. 6. STEP

    Completely tent the turkey with aluminum foil and place into a preheated 325 degree oven for about 1 1/2 hours. Remove the foil tent and wrap foil around the legs and wings.

  7. 7. STEP

    Baste the turkey and return it to the oven for the remainder of the cooking time, which will be when the interior temperature of the bird reaches 180 degrees or until the juices run clear and not red when you puncture the bird between the thigh and the breast.

  8. 8. STEP

    Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the turkey.

  9. 9. STEP

    NOTE: I always cook my turkey unstuffed.

  10. 10. STEP

    I place my stuffing into baking dishes to bake.

  11. 11. STEP

    Also, see my recipe #105192 for the best giblet gravy ever!

  12. 12. STEP

    During the last 10 or 15 minutes of cooking, increase temperature to 375 or 400 degrees F. to get more browning, but watch it carefully, as you do not want to burn it or dry it out.

    Ingredients

  • 1 (12 -20 lb) whole turkey
  • 4 tablespoons butter (real butter, more on outside for more browning)
  • chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder, granulated
  • 1 tablespoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 2 tablespoons paprika (more on outside for more browning)

    Tags

    POULTRY

    MEAT

    VERY LOW CARBS

    HIGH PROTEIN

    HIGH IN...

    THANKSGIVING

    WEEKNIGHT

    ROAST

    OVEN

    < 4 HOURS

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