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Perfect Roast Turkey

Roast Turkey Recipe

Lil' Luna
How to Roast the Perfect Turkey - so full of flavor and a hit any holiday or day of the year, but especially Thanksgiving!!
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 603 kcal


  • 1 turkey thawed
  • 5-6 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 4-5 carrots peeled and 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)


  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 3 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt


Preheat oven to 425 degrees

  • Cut your celery, carrots, onion & garlic & add most of them to the bottom of your roasting pan
  • *Note- be sure to use a roasting pan with an elevated rack to keep the bird somewhat above the liquid
  • 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.
  • Place turkey in your prepared pan
  • Stuff remaining veggies inside turkey
  • Add one apple- cut in half, inside turkey
  • Place remaining apples (also cut in half) around outside of the turkey
  • Cut your butter into 1 tbsp pats
  • Carefully lift skin away from meat & slide pats of butter in-between the skin & breast
  • Add chicken stock to the bottom of the pan
  • Melt your compound butter & brush over the entire turkey
  • Roast in pre-heated oven, uncovered for 30 minutes
  • Remove, baste, tent with foil - return to oven

Reduce heat to 375 degrees

  • 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
  • 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
  • Whisk glaze ingredients in a small bowl to combine
  • Brush glaze over turkey & return turkey to oven, uncovered & cook an additional 15 minutes to crisp the skin
  • Remove & let rest 10-20 minutes before carving


Calories: 603kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 57gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 212mgSodium: 1098mgPotassium: 1329mgFiber: 2gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 4650IUVitamin C: 9.2mgCalcium: 137mgIron: 4.3mg
Keyword Perfect Roast Turkey
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