Roast Turkey

A classic Thanksgiving Day Turkey



Adjust Servings

Recipe CategoriesTurkey


1Eachturkey (12-14 lbs. gross weight)
3Eachonions, medium sized, coarsely chopped
1Eachcarrot, medium sized, coarsely chopped
1Eachcelery stalk, coarsely chopped
1Eachlemon, cut quarters
3Clovegarlic, peeled and smashed
1stickbutter, melted


  1. Remove turkey and dry inside and out with paper towels.
  2. Adjust oven rack to lowest position, and heat oven to 450° F.
  3. Mix the onion, carrot, celery, thyme, lemon, and garlic and place this mixture in body cavity.
  4. Bring turkey legs together and perform a simple truss.
  5. Place the turkey on a v rack and place on a roasting pan. Baste with the melted butter.
  6. Roast for 30 minutes.
  7. Open the oven and baste the skin with drippings.
  8. Turn the oven down to 375˚.
  9. Return turkey to oven and roast for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove turkey from oven again, baste; roast for another 15 minutes.
  11. If you need more color on the turkey at this time, turn the heat back up to 450˚.
  12. Baste; roast until breast registers about 165° F. and thigh registers 170˚ to 175° F on an instant-read thermometer (30 to 45 minutes).
  13. Remove turkey from pan and let it rest until ready to carve.


If the color of the turkey gets too dark, place a piece of foil on the turkey to keep it from browning further. Save the pan drippings to make gravy.


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