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Simple Roasted Turkey

Take some of the stress out of preparing your Thanksgiving meal with this simple roasted turkey recipe. Butter, salt, pepper and turkey stock are all that is necessary to bring out the flavor of this bird while leaving it with a crisp roasted skin and juicy interior.

Serves 8
Ready in 250 mins
Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 240 mins
727 calories per serving


> 1 whole thawed or fresh turkey (plan on 1 lb. per person)
> 2 cups turkey stock
> 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
> salt
> pepper


Place oven rack in the lowest position. Preheat oven to 325°F.
Remove the turkey neck and giblets from the body cavity of the turkey. Rinse the turkey and pat dry.
Place the turkey on the roasting rack in the roasting pan. Rub with softened butter and season with salt and pepper. (For this simple recipe, we are going to skip stuffing the turkey so that the turkey and stuffing cook evenly.)
Pour stock into bottom of pan. Cover turkey with aluminum foil tent. Place turkey in oven and baste about every 60 minutes. Cooking time is typically 15 minutes per pound.
Halfway through cooking, remove the foil tent and continue roasting until meat thermometer placed in the breast, outer thigh, and inner thigh all reach 165F.
Remove from oven. Using a turkey lifter or 2 large forks placed into each end of the cavity, remove from pan and place on cutting board or serving platter. Let rest for about 20 minutes before carving.


Nutrition information will vary depending on choice of breast meat or dark meat. Information provided for 3 oz portion of a combination.


Cooking time is typically 15 minutes per pound.

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