Enjoy the luscious, perfectly roast turkey that has been skillfully seasoned and cooked to a golden perfection. A feast fit for any celebration.

The centerpiece of our menu is the ideal holiday meal: a properly roasted turkey. Enjoy a symphony of scents as our steps by step guide helps you to prepare the perfect turkey, guaranteeing a golden and delicious beauty that will enhance your eating experience. Our roasted turkey is a tribute to the creativity and passion we put into every meal, from the first fragrant whiff to the very last morsel.

Imagine a situation where the warmth of the oven permeates the kitchen, and the rich aromas of well-chosen spices and herbs fill the air. This is the atmosphere that gives birth to our roasted turkeys—a tasteful fusion of culinary innovation and tradition. Our roasted turkey creates the ideal atmosphere for precious moments spent around the table, whether they are part of a holiday gathering, a special event, or just a simple wish for a spectacular meal.

You’ll see why our roasted turkey is more than just a meal—and it’s experience as you cut into the golden skin to uncover the juicy and savory inside. We welcome you to experience the essence of celebration, family, and deliciousness in every delectable slice, all while upholding a dedication to culinary excellence. Come along on a culinary journey where the classic appeal of a well roasted turkey steals the show.

Reasons to love Roast Turkey

  • Timeless Tradition: Roast turkey is not just a dish; it’s a symbol of timeless traditions and gatherings. Whether it’s a Thanksgiving feast or a Christmas celebration, the aroma of a roasting turkey evokes a sense of warmth and togetherness.
  • Versatility: Roast turkey is a versatile canvas for flavors. It can be seasoned and prepared in various ways, accommodating a wide range of tastes and preferences. From classic herb rubs to more adventurous spice blends, there’s a roast turkey recipe for everyone.
  • Juicy and Tender: When prepared correctly, roast turkey boasts juicy and tender meat, encased in a crispy, golden skin. The succulence of the meat, combined with the satisfying crunch of the skin, creates a textural delight that keeps people coming back for more.
  • Leftover Potential: Roast turkey’s appeal extends beyond the initial feast. Leftover turkey can be reinvented into sandwiches, soups, salads, and more. Its versatility allows for creative and delicious meals in the days following the main event, making it a gift that keeps on giving.
  • Nostalgia: For many, the smell of roast turkey cooking in the oven triggers a wave of nostalgia. It’s a familiar and comforting scent that brings back memories of family gatherings, laughter, and the joy of sharing a meal with loved ones.
  • Feeds a Crowd: Roast turkey is a practical choice for feeding a large group of people. With its generous size, a single turkey can be the centerpiece of a feast, ensuring there’s enough to go around and share with everyone at the table.
  • Grilled and Oven Options: Whether roasted in the oven or cooked on the grill, turkey adapts to various cooking methods. This flexibility allows for year-round enjoyment, as it can be prepared indoors during colder months and taken outdoors for a summery twist.
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What size turkey to buy?

The general rule of thumb is 1 to 1.5 pounds of turkey per person.

  • 4 people 4-6 lb. (1.8-2.7kg) turkey
  • 6 people 6-9 lb. turkey (2.7-4kg)
  • 8 people 8-12 lb. turkey (3.6-5.4kg)
  • 10 people 10-15 lb. turkey (4.5-6.8)

Ingredients to make Roast Turkey

  • Whole Turkey: Choose a high-quality turkey of the desired size, taking into account the number of people you’ll be serving.
  • Salt and Pepper: Essential for seasoning the turkey and enhancing its natural flavors.
  • Butter or Olive Oil: Adds moisture and richness to the turkey, promoting a golden and crispy skin during roasting.
  • Fresh or Dried Herbs: Options include rosemary, thyme, sage, or a poultry seasoning blend. These herbs infuse the turkey with aromatic flavors.
  • Garlic: Whether minced, crushed, or in whole cloves, garlic contributes savory notes to the turkey.
  • Onions: Sliced or quartered onions can be placed in the turkey cavity to add flavor and moisture.
  • Citrus (Optional): Lemon or orange slices can provide a hint of citrusy freshness to the turkey.
  • Chicken Broth or Stock: Keeps the turkey moist and can be used for basting during roasting.

Let’s prepare the turkey for roasting:

Thaw If the turkey is frozen be sure to allow time for it to thaw, can take several days

  • 14 – 18 pounds: 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 days
  • 18 – 22 pounds: 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 days
  • 22 – 24 pounds: 5 1/2 to 6 days
  • 24 – 30 pounds: 6 to 7 days

Remove giblets/neck: The giblets and neck should be removed from the cavity. I normally bake them alongside the turkey in the same pan. This gives your drippings a lot of richness. You can also use them in dripping gravy.

Dry with a paper towel: Pat your turkey dry with a paper towel. This will help you get a nice golden brown turkey.

Season in this recipe, you will rub your turkey with olive oil or butter, with salt and pepper, and a few spices.

How to make Roast turkey

Prepare the Turkey:

  • Preheat your oven to the recommended temperature (usually around 325°F or 165°C).
  • Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey cavity.
  • Rinse the turkey inside and out, then pat it dry with paper towels.

Season the Turkey:

  • Liberally season the turkey inside and out with salt and pepper.
  • Mix minced garlic and herbs with softened butter or olive oil to create a flavorful rub.
  • Carefully lift the turkey’s skin and rub the herb-butter mixture under the skin and all over the outside.

Add Aromatics:

  • Place sliced onions, optional citrus slices, and any additional herbs inside the turkey cavity. This adds flavor and moisture.

Truss the Turkey (Optional):

  • Trussing helps the turkey cook evenly. Use kitchen twine to tie the legs together and secure the wings against the body.

Prepare the Roasting Pan:

  • (Optional)Place a rack in the roasting pan and add vegetables (carrots, celery, onions) to elevate the turkey and flavor the drippings.
  • Pour chicken broth into the pan to prevent the drippings from burning.

Roasting the Turkey:

  • Place the turkey on the rack, breast side up.
  • Optionally, pour some white wine over the turkey for additional flavor.
  • Tent the turkey with foil for the first half of the roasting time to prevent the skin from getting too dark.
  • Baste the turkey every 30 minutes with the pan juices.

Check for Doneness:

  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. The turkey is done when it reaches 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone.

Rest the Turkey:

  • Once done, let the turkey rest for at least 20–30 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, keeping the meat moist.

How long to cook a turkey

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Tips and Suggestions

  • Thawing the Turkey: If your turkey is frozen, make sure to thaw it in the refrigerator well in advance. It’s generally recommended to allow 24 hours of thawing time for every 4-5 pounds of turkey.
  • Herb Variations: Experiment with different herb combinations for the butter rub. Sage, thyme, rosemary, and parsley are classic choices, but you can get creative with your favorite herbs.
  • Citrus and Aromatics: Citrus slices, like lemons or oranges, add a burst of freshness. You can also include other aromatics like cinnamon sticks or bay leaves for a unique flavor profile.
  • Basting Techniques: Baste the turkey with pan juices or the herb-butter mixture every 30 minutes. This helps keep the turkey moist and adds flavor to the skin.
  • Use a Meat Thermometer: Invest in a reliable meat thermometer to ensure the turkey reaches the correct internal temperature. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone.
  • Resting Period: Allow the turkey to rest after roasting before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in juicier meat.
  • Save the Drippings: Save the drippings from the roasting pan to make a flavorful base for gravy. You can also use the drippings to add flavor to stuffing or side dishes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to roast a turkey?

The roasting time for a turkey depends on its size. As a general rule, cook at 325°F (165°C) for about 15 minutes per pound. Always use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh.

What herbs can I use for the butter rub?

Classic choices include sage, thyme, rosemary, and parsley. Experiment with your favorite herbs for a unique flavor.

How do I prevent the turkey from drying out?

Baste the turkey regularly, and consider tenting with foil if it browns too quickly. Let the turkey rest after roasting to allow juices to redistribute.

What sides pair well with roast turkey?

Classic sides include mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, and gravy. Customize based on your preferences.

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Roasted Turkey

slow roasted turkey, juicy golden and delicious
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
rest time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 189 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Roasting Pan

Ingredients
  

  • 12-14 pound turkey
  • 1 cup Butter Or olive oil
  • ½ cup Fresh herbs parsley, rosemary, sage and or thyme
  • 3-4 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1 onion Sliced or quartered
  • 1 Lemon or orange slices
  • 4 cups chicken or turkey broth

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavity and pat turkey dry with paper towels. If stuffing the turkey, wipe the inside of the cavity with paper towels.
  • Rub olive oil and chopped herbs over turkey and season generously with salt/pepper.
  • If stuffing turkey, fill with stuffing loosely add ½ an onion and fresh herbs to the cavity.
  • Tie legs together with kitchen string or tuck under the flap of skin at the tail if your turkey has one. Twist the tips of the wings under the turkey.
  • Place turkey in a roasting pan on a rack, breast side up (optional, . Add 4 cups broth to the  bottom of the pan (see note for another option)
  • Add turkey to the oven, reduce heat to 325°F and roast until turkey reaches 165°F *see below. Once the breast starts to brown, loosely tent a piece of foil over the breast so it doesn't overcook or if your roaster comes with a lid, place it on top
  • Remove turkey from the roasting pan and tent with foil, rest at least 20 minutes.  Make gravy from the drippings while the turkey rests.

Notes

* I have also used a couple cans of beer in the bottom of the pan instead of chicken or turkey stock i find it give it a nice flavor and all the alcohol is cooked off by time you want to use it for gravy. (also give the gravy and really nice flavor)
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