Roasted Turkey

Total Time:
3 hr 10 min
10 min
15 min
2 hr 45 min

8 to 10 servings

  • 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

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

View All

Pairs Well With

Jammy, earthy red wine

  • Find easy pairings for your favorite recipes, Bobby's perfect picks and party ideas.
Cooking Tips
More Recipes and Ideas
4.8 36
Turkey was perfect, timing very good, and the stuffing was seriously tasty. Don't like walnuts, so used pecans, but otherwise, perfect. :) And I'm not a fan of stuffing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
That dressing recipes sounds digusting. If you aren't going to stuff your turkey, and/or its has things like Apples or Nuts in it you just shouldn't have "dressing". item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, juicy and hassle free!! I've been making it for the past 4 Thanksgivings because it is a hit with the family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time roasting a turkey and it turned out great! Everyone commented on how juicy it was! Awesome recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You should try the recipe before leaving a comment. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree item not reviewed by moderator and published

This recipe is featured in:

Help Around the Kitchen