How to Cook a Turkey

8 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    3 h
  • Ready In

    3 h 45 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“The biggest myth in all of American cookery is that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve. Even if this is your first time, don't play scared, this will work! There is nothing to fear but the fear of dry turkey itself.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 1 whole turkey

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Place onion, celery, and carrot in a large, shallow roasting pan.
  3. Place turkey, breast side up, on top of the vegetables in the roasting pan. Pat the outside and inside of the turkey dry with paper towels.
  4. Combine salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Season the inside of the turkey with about 1/3 of the salt mixture. Fold wing tips under the bird.
  5. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat until the edges begin to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Cook and stir rosemary and sage for 1 minute.
  6. Place rosemary and sage inside the cavity of the turkey; reserve melted butter. Tie the legs together with twine.
  7. Brush outside of the turkey completely with the melted butter. Season with remaining 2/3 of the salt mixture.
  8. Bake turkey, uncovered, in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 3 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the turkey from the oven and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

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Reviews (8)

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sillysally
10

sillysally

Thank You, Thank you, thank you!!! This is an excellent recipe!! Simple, but simply perfection!! The bird is so moist, and no fuss with brining!!

Brenda
4

Brenda

Made a delayed Thanksgiving Dinner today....Absolutely the best Turkey Ever!! So moist and flavorful. Try this recipe and drain the juices and add chicken stock to make the gravy at the end. You will not be sorry.

sweetstuff
3

sweetstuff

I recommend this recipe to anyone who wants an easy, delicious bird. This recipe turned out great for me... I followed it exactly.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (24 total)

  • Calories
  • 355 cal
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 17.2 g
  • 26%
  • Carbs
  • 1.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 45.5 g
  • 91%
  • Cholesterol
  • 136 mg
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 604 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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