Roasted Turkey

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Roasted Turkey Roasted Turkey


Tip: Drizzle the bird with its own juices once every 30 minutes for a perfectly moist turkey!

Servings: 12 servings
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 turkey, 12-14 lbs, thawed if frozen
1 onion, quartered
1 head of garlic, halved crosswise
Several sprigs of fresh herbs, such as thyme, parsley, rosemary, and sage
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 can (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup cornstarch


 

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Directions

Preheat oven to 325 F. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper inside turkey cavity. Place onion, garlic, herb sprigs, and bay leaves insides cavity. Place turkey breast-side up on rack in large roasting pan. brush with half of butter; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and remaining salt. Truss, if desired.

Tent turkey with foil, roast 2 hours, 30 minutes. Remove foil, brush with remaining butter. Increase oven temperature to 425 F. Roast turkey until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh away from bone registers 180 F about 45 minutes, tenting with foil during last 15 minutes of cooking time, if browning too quickly. Let stand 15 minutes before carving.

Meanwhile, skim and discard fat from pan juices. Place roasting pan with 1 1/2 cups juices over medium heat. Add broth, chopped thyme, and remaining pepper, stirring up browned bits from bottom of the pan. Simmer 3 minutes.

Stir together cornstarch and 1/3 cup water. Strain gravy into small pot over low heat, gradually whisk in cornstarch mixture. Simmer stirring, until thickened, 2 minutes.

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By sherilee cook on December 26, 2013

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This was my first year hosting Thanksgiving and I was most nervous about doing the turkey. I knew a Paula Deen recipe wouldn't fail me, and it surely didn't! This recipe is so easy and my turkey came out perfectly moist and tender. My husband did the rub underneath the skin and directly on the meat- the turkey retained better flavor that way and the skin browned beautifully. The onions inside were a yummy bonus once cooked. Wonderful turkey recipe, will definitely make again!

By Kelley Torbett on December 06, 2013

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Perfect! Easy tasted wonderful

By Jaime on November 28, 2013

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Try adding a can if Sprite and flop the turkey over and it cooks the breast meat in all the juice's and keeps it moist.

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I am trying this recipe this Thanksgiving will let everyone know how it turns out

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By Joyce Copeland on November 15, 2013

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I like your turkey, just not the garlic. My dressing you may like. It's Vienna dried out in oven for a bit. Put in brown bag, set aside till your ready to put it altogether. My father was a chef, so here goes. He always told me to use leaf sage, salt and pepper, lots of fairly sweet onions chopped, lots of celery chopped, pecans, about a cup chopped. raisins a few, chicken broth and milk to moisten Vienna dressing. He always told me to rub the dried leaf sage in the palm of my hand and put it in dressing. 1 apple diced also. Then I mix with the milk and broth. stuff the turkey, then I make a bowl also in the oven, bake for about an hour........the dressing that is, and if you want oysters, chop em up and put them in too. But my kids do not like oysters. Dad used to stuff the neck under some of the stuffing outside the turkey. I like it moist so have fun with this recipe. This receipe about 85 years old.

By Bev Brzozowski on November 14, 2013

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Thanks for your Roasted Turkey. Recipe. I am going to use it this Thanksgiving for dinner. I hope you are doing well and please keep sending you best dishes. You are so good!

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By Judy Ruhl on November 13, 2013

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For many years I cooked my turkey in the oven like you have done, but since I found the bags to cook it in I wouldn't cook it any other way. Mine comes out just as moist and juicy as it ever did, but I don't have as much work to do. You should try it sometime.

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I like my thanksgiving turkey fried. Add some cornbread dressing & that's a meal fit for a king.

By Larry on November 13, 2013

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