How to Roast the Perfect Turkey

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How to Roast the Perfect Turkey - so full of flavor and a hit any holiday or day of the year, but especially Thanksgiving!!

Hi everyone! It’s Gina from Kleinworth & Co. & I’m back today to share my favorite Thanksgiving recipe. Have you ever wanted to knowΒ How to Roast a Turkey? Today I’m sharing my recipe that took me years to perfect. But now it’s so easy that we make a full turkey dinner several times a year.

When my husband & I spent our first Thanksgiving together it was a disaster. Neither of us had any clue what we were doing & as a result the meal was a flop. My parents were so nice & didn’t complain at all. But I made it my mission to learn how to make a perfect roast turkey. It took several more years of only trying at Thanksgiving time before we nailed it. But now here we are 20 years later & the turkey is the easiest part of the whole feast. Let me show you just how simple it can be.

How to Roast the Perfect Turkey - so full of flavor and a hit any holiday or day of the year, but especially Thanksgiving!!

First you cut your veggies & add them to the bottom of the pan.

How to Roast the Perfect Turkey - so full of flavor and a hit any holiday or day of the year, but especially Thanksgiving!!

Then you add your bird & stuff it full of those same veggies. I like to add butter between the skin & meat to help crisp the skin & give it a great flavor.

How to Roast the Perfect Turkey - so full of flavor and a hit any holiday or day of the year, but especially Thanksgiving!!

I also add apples because it gives a wonderful flavor.

How to Roast the Perfect Turkey - so full of flavor and a hit any holiday or day of the year, but especially Thanksgiving!!

Don’t forget to give the whole bird a coat of melted compound butter. I love to use my Italian garlic butter. I don’t really add any other seasonings at this point because I have found they tend to burn. However once we get to the glaze there will be plenty of flavor. I bake for a while uncovered to get that skin to start to crisp. Then I cover & continue to cook.

How long to cook a turkey

When you get close to the recommended cooking time for the size of your bird it’s time to check the temperature. Stick your thermometer into the thickest part of the bird & make sure it’s at least 165 degrees.

Roast Turkey

Once you have reached the right temperature, it’s time for the glaze. Combine the ingredients, brush on & return the turkey to the oven for a little while longer.

How to cook a turkey

How to Roast a Turkey

That’s it! I told you it was easy & it’s so delicious too. Moist on the inside with a wonderfully crispy skin that is packed full of flavor. Your Thanksgiving guests will love this!

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Ingredients
  • 1 turkey - thawed
  • 5-6 stalks celery- chopped
  • ½ onion - chopped
  • 4-5 carrots- peeled & chopped
  • 2 head garlic- peeled
  • 2-3 apples
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 6 tbsp butter - divided
  • 3 tbsp compound butter (such as Italian Garlic Butter )
Glaze
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 3 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Cut your celery, carrots, onion & garlic & add most of them to the bottom of your roasting pan
  3. *Note- be sure to use a roasting pan with an elevated rack to keep the bird somewhat above the liquid
  4. Prepare your turkey by removing the added items (neck, giblets, gravy packet) - no need to rinse the turkey- leave the tie on the legs - this helps keep it together.
  5. Place turkey in your prepared pan
  6. Stuff remaining veggies inside turkey
  7. Add one apple- cut in half, inside turkey
  8. Place remaining apples (also cut in half) around outside of the turkey
  9. Cut your butter into 1 tbsp pats
  10. Carefully lift skin away from meat & slide pats of butter in-between the skin & breast
  11. Add chicken stock to the bottom of the pan
  12. Melt your compound butter & brush over the entire turkey
  13. Roast in pre-heated oven, uncovered for 30 minutes
  14. Remove, baste, tent with foil - return to oven
Reduce heat to 375 degrees
  1. Continue roasting an additional 2-2.5 hours depending on the size of your turkey (check label for exact cooking times per size) Basting every 40-45 minutes
  2. Check temperature near the end - once you reach a minimum of 165 degrees in the thickest part of the turkey, it's time to add your glaze
  3. Whisk glaze ingredients in a small bowl to combine
  4. Brush glaze over turkey & return turkey to oven, uncovered & cook an additional 15 minutes to crisp the skin
  5. Remove & let rest 10-20 minutes before carving

Thank you so much for spending a little time with me today! I hope this recipe makes your Thanksgiving fabulous! You can connect with Gina via Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram & Pinterest

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OH MY HEAVENS – this looks SO good, Gina!! I have yet to roast a turkey on Thanksgiving, so I’m excited to use your tips to try it out. Thank you!! For more great recipes from Gina, head on over to Kleinworth & Co.

ENJOY!

How to Roast the Perfect Turkey - so full of flavor and a hit any holiday or day of the year, but especially Thanksgiving!!

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Damn, Girl, if that does not look like the BEST turkey ever! You nailed it! Hard to believe your first Thanksgiving dinner was a flop πŸ™‚ It happens, but I have my doubts about what you said πŸ™‚
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    Lauren @ Hall Nesting

    I remember the first time we made turkey – sounds like a very similar experience. Definitely saving this recipe
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    Amanda | The Chunky Chef

    Man oh man, that bird looks absolutely divine!!! πŸ˜€
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    Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    I think I am going to have try that glaze this year! πŸ™‚ I am a brine girl. I brined my turkey last year and it was by far THE BEST turkey I had ever roasted. But I think this glaze would take my turkey over the top. πŸ˜‰
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    Maris (In Good Taste)

    This looks so perfect! What other methods have you tried for cooking turkey? I love brining and in the smoker….so good
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    Cookin Canuck

    That is one gorgeous bird! I think everyone needs to have a really big Thanksgiving flop to really appreciate the ones where you finally feel as though you’ve nailed the technique. Believe me, I definitely went through that!

    Margaret

    Whole turkey is great but do you have ideas for just the breast. This is for a small family.

    Malia @ Small Town Girl Blog

    Wow! What a gorgeous turkey! Loving the green apple and veggies addition to the bottom of the pan! Yum!! If ever I can get my guy to not smoke the turkey, I will be trying this!

    Rose

    This started off WAY too hot and everything burned in the bottom of the pan in the first 30min. Looked other places and it says to roast at 325. Hope my whole turkey isn’t infused with the flavor of burned veggies and stock.

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I am so sorry it burned! I hope it does come out ok.

    Karen

    Do you then eat the vegetables?
    How long does a 22 lb turkey take to cook? How long for the molasses at the end?

    Ed Rosenthal

    That is one fine looking turkey! I will definitely be giving this one a try very soon!

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