Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

The Best Way to Cook a Turkey

This turkey has a garlic and herb compound butter and is a simple way to prepare a turkey in a flavorful and moist way.

– 1 16 lb. turkey thawed – 3 carrots cut into 3 inch pieces – 3 celery stalks cut into 3 inch pieces – 1 lemon quartered – 1 large onion cut into chunks – 3 sprigs fresh sage left whole – 3 sprigs fresh rosemary left whole – 3 sprigs fresh thyme left whole Compound Butter – 1 cup butter (2 sticks) – 6 cloves of garlic finely minced – 4-5 sprigs fresh sage stripped and chopped – 5 sprigs fresh thyme stripped and chopped – 2 sprigs fresh rosemary stripped and chopped – 2 tablespoon olive oil – 1 tablespoon salt – 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


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Step 1

Allow butter to soften. Once butter is softened, mix your butter and other ingredients in a bowl.

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Step 2

Pat down turkey skin with paper towels to dry it out a bit. 

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Step 3

Stuff the turkey cavity with veggies, fresh herbs, and lemons. 

Step 4

Use your fingers to gently remove skin from the meat of the bird. 

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Step 5

Coat turkey completely with compound butter both under and over the skin. 

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Step 6

At 325 degrees bake covered 2 ½ hours, uncover the turkey and raise the heat to 375° F.Bake for another 1 to 1 ½ hours until turkey is fully cooked through and a nice golden brown on the outside.

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