Roasted Turkey

Total Time:
3 hr 10 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
15 min
Cook:
2 hr 45 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 (8 to 10 pound) turkey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 head garlic, halved
  • Several sprigs fresh herbs, such as; thyme, parsley, rosemary, and sage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • Serving Suggestions: Sage, Sausage and Apple Dressing, recipe follows
  • Sage, Sausage and Apple Dressing:
  • 16 -ounce bag stuffing cubes
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan and topping
  • 1 pound fresh sage sausage, casing removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cooking apples, such as Gravenstein, Rome, or Golden Delicious, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 to 2 ribs celery with leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted (See Note)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
Directions

Adjust a rack to lowest position and remove other racks. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Remove turkey parts from neck and breast cavities and reserve for other uses, if desired. Dry bird well with paper towels, inside and out. Salt and pepper inside the breast cavity and stuff the onion, garlic, herbs, and bay leaves inside. Set the bird on a roasting rack in a roasting pan; breast side up and brush generously with half the butter and season with salt and pepper. Tent the bird with foil.

Roast the turkey for 2 hours. Remove the foil and baste with the remaining butter. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F and continue to roast until an instant read thermometer registers 165 degrees F in the thigh of the bird, about 45 minutes more.

Remove turkey form the oven and set aside to rest for 15 minutes before carving. Carve and serve with dressing.

Sage, Sausage and Apple Dressing:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Put the stuffing cubes in a large bowl and set aside. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and break up with a wooden spoon. Cook until it loses most of its pink color, but not so much that it's dry, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage and pan drippings to the stuffing cubes. Melt the remaining butter in the pan. Add the onion, apple, celery, and salt. Cook until the vegetables get soft, about 5 minutes. Add the broth and parsley and bring to a boil.

Pour the vegetable mixture over the stuffing cubes and toss until evenly moistened. Mix in the walnuts and eggs. Loosely pack the dressing in the prepared pan and cook uncovered until the top forms a crust, about 40 minutes. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of turkey pan drippings or melted butter over the top. Cook until the top is crisp and golden, about 20 minutes more. Set immediately or warm.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Tips: Put the dressing in the oven during the last hour of cooking the turkey

Note: To toast nuts, spread them out on a baking sheet and toast in a 350 degree F oven until golden, about 7 minutes


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    This was the best turkey we've ever tasted at Thanksgiving! Our crowd raved and raved about it and my husband has been talking about how good it tasted saying it was "the best turkey he has ever tasted" and then the morning after went on and on telling his mother that I cooked the best turkey he had ever tasted and I said NO!!! don't tell your mother that!!! Let me just say, it's simple and perfect!
    Easiest and best recipe ever! Have made the stuffing recipe no fewer than a 1/2 dozen times. Total crowd pleaser! Turkey is juice, and easy to make. Just perfect! Thank you food network for not over complicating a Turkey dinner!
    Delicious, juicy and hassle free!! I've been making it for the past 4 Thanksgivings because it is a hit with the family.
    Tomorrow will be the third time I follow this recipe and have always had perfect results. The turkey is moist and the flavors absorbed in the meat are just right. The easiest recipe I've had to follow.
    This was my first time cooking a turkey for thanksgiving. I was a little nervouse but once everbody started eating it they couldn't stop. I also wouldn't cook it any longer even if the pop thermometer it comes with hasn't popped yet. Have confidence in the recipe. You'll be glad you did.
    I brined the turkey first for 24 hours and then followed this recipe. It was delicious! The meat was moist and had the mild taste of the herbs--they infused the meat and I made gravy afterwords, which was delicious--tasted like the herbs as well. I will do this again next year for thanksgiving.
    This is the second turkey I have ever made. My first was dry. I was a little leary but OH MY was this the most moist bird I have ever had. I also made the stuffing what a hit. Thanks
    This was my first time roasting a turkey and it turned out great! Everyone commented on how juicy it was! Awesome recipe.
    I just pulled the Turkey out of the oven- I had to slice a piece off- it is super moist and very tasty- I highly recommend.
    I brined my turkey for 24 hours before, and prepared it with this recipe, and it was perfect!
    This recipe was terrific - moist and delicious!
    I used this recipe for my first turkey ever and it came out so moist and delicious. My husband said that my turkey was better than his moms. And coming from my husband to myself is a major compliment, especially since I never cook. I burn beans if that tells you what a bad cook I am. So if I can cook a turkey with this recipe and have it come out better than my Mother In-Law then you can too.
    This was not my first time cooking Thanksgiving, but it was the best! The Turkey was very moist and had a great flavor and the dressing was out of this world good!
     
    I will be using the same recipe next year.
    THE RECIPE FOR THE ROASTED TURKEY WAS ALTHOUGH A VERY TASTEY ENDING, IT DID TAKE LONGER TO COOK THAN WHAT THE RECIPE SAID. AFTER THE 2 HOURS OF ROASTING, UNCOVER AND BASTE AND CONTINUE TO COOK THE TURKEY FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES LONGER THAN WHAT THE RECIPE SAYS.
    What a great recipe for a thanksgiving turkey! It was easy and I would definitely make it again. For a first turkey, it turned out fantastic!
    I MADE THIS TURKEY FOR THANKSGIVING, AND I HAD SOOO MANY COMPLIMENTS. HOW SIMPLE IT WAS TO MAKE. I DID ADD A BIT MORE SPICES BUT I DO THAT WITH ALOT OF RECIPES. THIS IS DEFINATLY A YUM, YUM!!
    This was my first turkey and it turned out great
    My husband signed me up to roast a turkey for my daughter's Thanksgiving feast at her Christian school. It was going to be 1 of 6 turkeys for 300 people. I was so nervous because I have never cooked a turkey. But this recipe was so easy, the turkey came out beautiful. I wasn't able to attend the feast, but out of the 6 turkeys at the feast, mine was the first one gone. It went so fast my husband didn't even get a bite.
    Good meal and tastes superb.
    I had never made a turkey before, but this was wonderful! Very moist!
    I have used this recipe two thanksgivins in a row and have received rave reviews everytime. The herbs keep the Turkey very moist and flavorful.
    It turned out great just i had one problem i had way to much stuffing at the end. It was the first turkey i ever cooked and it was incredible everybody was shocked they couldn't believe i cooked that turkey.
    This was my first time doing a Thanksgiving turkey (or any whole bird for that matter) and I am still in shock that it came out so perfect! Very simple and delicious recipe.
    This was my very first time preparing Thanksgiving dinner on my own. Naturally I was nervous about how the turkey (the main feature of the meal) would turn out. These directions were easy enough for a novice cook. Even my husband said that he had never before had such a tender, tasty, and perfectly prepared Thanksgiving turkey.
    This was the first turkey I had ever cooked for a holiday and it was great. The recipe is so easy and the turkey tasted great!
    A fantastic recipe for the first-time
     
    preparer or for the traditional yearly
     
    cook looking for some fresh ideas. Easy to understand recipe with all the right herbs, etc. to make your dinner a big hit.
    Wonderful and everyone loved it.
    Had family over for Thanksgiving. My mother actually asked me for the recipe.
     
    The turkey is much like a traditional turkey,but with the addition of the herbs to the cavity and under the skin, gives it much better taste to the meat. My mother will be making this next year.
    The Turkey was so juicy and flavorful. I put the Turkey in the oven on low heat the night before then turned up to brown the next morning! Fabulous recipe.
    It was the best tasting turkey I have ever had. It was supper easy to make.
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