Perfect Roast Turkey

Jennifer Rossi


I got this recipe from an old Fannie Farmer cookbook while planning my first Thanksgiving as a wife. It's never failed me (or my sister!)


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Variable depending on size of bird.
5 Min


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1 thawed
1 stick
2 ribs
To taste
salt and pepper

How to Make Perfect Roast Turkey


  • 1This is a super easy (but rather labor intensive) way to have a perfectly browned and moist turkey everytime! Start with a thawed and rinsed bird with neck and giblets removed. Rub inside and out with salt and pepper and place in baking pan. A pan with a raised rack is preferred but even an aluminum pan will do.
  • 2Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Quarter an onion and break celery ribs in half and place into cavity.
  • 3Baste bird with melted butter and put in oven. Here's where the labor intensive part comes in: baste every 15 minutes. That's right. Sounds crazy, letting all the heat out and basting 4 times an hour, but it's worth it! Continue to roast at 15 minutes a pound until juices between the thigh and breast run clear. Let rest for 20 minutes. Carve and enjoy moist turkey!

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About Perfect Roast Turkey

Course/Dish: Turkey
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Carb
Other Tag: Heirloom

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