Ian and I first tried this Turkey recipe at my sisters Friendsgiving the other week, and it was definitely a success! This recipe gives you a really juicy turkey with crispy skin. Isn’t this just the dream turkey?! So, so good. With other recipes, you get a dry turkey with amazing skin, or a really juicy turkey with floppy skin. Yuck. Try this recipe out and let me know what you think. It’s pretty easy, and so good!
*Make sure your turkey is completed thawed. It takes a long amount of time to thaw a turkey (sometimes even days), so please read the instructions before attempting to cook this frozen.
*You can add different seasoning if you desire to! Make it your own and spice it up (literally). ;)
An Easy Thanksgiving Turkey
1 turkey (ours was 22 lbs)
2 sticks of butter
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon rosemary
salt + pepper
3 stalks of celery, cut in thirds.
two small onions, halved.
two carrots (not baby carrots), cut in thirds.
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 325F.
Step 2: Clean and prepare your turkey. You need to make sure to remove the giblets and neck from the cavity. I typically run a bit of water in there just to double check that I got everything out.
Step 3: Soften your butter in the microwave and then mix your thyme and rosemary into it. Sprinkle a good amount of salt and pepper on to your turkey on your first side, and then take your melted butter herb mixture and rub it all over the turkey. Make sure you get in all of the creases, too! Flip the turkey over and do the same - sprinkle with a good amount of salt and pepper, then rub your butter mixture everywhere.
Step 4: Make sure your turkey is breast side up in a roasting pan, and stuff the celery, carrots and onions into the empty cavity. Depending on how big your cavity is, you will need more or less vegetables.
Step 5: Stick a meat thermometer in your turkey, tent your turkey with foil and stick it in the oven.
Step 6: 30 minutes later, melt your butter, and brush it all over your turkey.
Step 7: Baste your turkey with melted butter every 45 minutes to an hour from here on out. When your turkey temperature reaches about 145 degrees, take the turkey out, remove the foil and baste your turkey for the last time. You are also going to raise the oven temperature to 425F. This is going to brown your skin to make it crispy.
Step 8: When your turkey temperature reaches 165 degrees, take it out of the oven and let sit for about 30 minutes before you carve it.
Step 9: Enjoy!! :)