Thanksgiving Roast Turkey Recipes

Looking to perfectly roast a turkey on thanksgiving but don’t know how? You can now do that without much trouble and follow these simple guidelines to learn how to roast a turkey on Thanksgiving.

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Total time: 4 hours 30 min
Yield: 24 servings
Utensils: Oven, paper towels, pan, cups, aluminium foils, large platter

Calories: 189
Fat: 7 g
Cholesterol: 109 mg

Dressed turkey, fresh or frozen (allow 1 pound per serving for birds 12 pounds or under, and 3/4 pound): 16 to 24 pound
Kosher salt and ground pepper
Dried herbs and spices of choice: sage, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder
Dressing (stuffing) of choice, optional
Vegetable oil
Turkey Gravy


  • 1

    First thing you need to do is to preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. After that, place the rack in the oven and make sure that you place it in the lowest position possible.

  • 2

    Now take the turkey and carefully remove its neck and giblets. Thoroughly rinse the turkey and use dry paper towels to dry pat it. Now place the turkey in such a way that the breast side is up. Fill the body cavity with stuffing very loosely and use softened butter and seasoned salt to rub the skin of the turkey.

  • 3

    Now take out aluminum foil and tent it over the turkey before placing the turkey in the oven. Once you have placed the turkey in the oven, pour into the bottom of the roasting pan, 2 cups of turkey stock. With the juices on the bottom of the pan base all over for around half an hour.

  • 4

    Wait for the dripping to evaporate and in order to moisten them, add stock about 1 to 2 cups at a time. After 2 1/2 hours, remove the aluminium foil. Keep on reading the thermometer that you inserted in the meaty part of the thigh earlier. Let it roast until the thermometer reads 180 degrees F. It will take around 4 hours but you need to be patient in that time and you can do other stuff in the mean time like setting the table. But make sure that you keep checking on the turkey and do not let it over cook.

  • 5

    After 4 hours, take the turkey out of the oven and transfer it to a large serving platter. Wait for another 20 to 30 minutes before carving. Your Thanksgiving turkey is ready to serve.

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