Roast Turkey Recipe

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  • 20minutes
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The best Thanksgiving Turkey recipe that packs all of the flavor and juiciness you expect from the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, with none of the stress!

  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 fresh turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 whole lemon, halved
  • 1 Spanish onion, quartered
  • 1 head garlic, halved crosswise
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

If you don’t need leftover sliced or braised turkey for post-holiday sandwiches, then what about another sort of turkey dish? For a small, casual Thanksgiving try one of these: Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf, Turkey Koftas with Toasted Pita, Turkey Meatballs over Greens.

    Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Step 2

    Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves to the butter mixture. Set aside.

    Step 3

    Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, halved lemon, quartered onion, and the garlic. Brush the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.

    Step 4

    Roast the turkey about 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 20 minutes.

    Step 5

    Slice the turkey and serve.

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    Main Ingredients Main Ingredients

    From China

    Garlic Bag

    From Turkey

    Lemon Bag

    From Spain

    White Onion

    By President

    Unsalted Butter