Simple Turkey Recipe
There are as many ways and recipes to cook at turkey as there are websites promoting them! We keep it pretty easy at our house. Here is our simple turkey recipe we use for Thanksgiving!
- Turkey (1/2 pound of Turkey per adult – I don’t count the children under 10)
- Butter – 1 pound (4 sticks)
- 2 yellow onions – peeled, quartered
- 3 stalks celery – cleaned, cut in finger length pieces
- 3 regular size carrots (or a handful of baby ones) – cleaned, cut in finger length pieces
REMEMBER TO THAW THE TURKEY!!!!! Can’t say that enough!
Assuming you have a thawed bird….if you don’t please follow these directions…
1. Start by removing all the packaging. Save the little bag that comes inside the bird along with the neck. Place those parts aside in a bowl to be used in your Giblet Dressing and Giblet Gravy.
2. Rinse the bird REALLY well…inside and out – pat dry with paper towels.
3. Rub the bird inside and out with butter. Really rub it down…all the nooks and hidden places.
4. Sprinkle the bird with salt and pepper.
5. Put 2 sticks of butter along with the onions, celery and carrots inside the cavity.
6. Place bird in foil lined deep roaster, breast side up. I use a thermometer in the breast or you can buy a turkey that comes with one.
7. Cover the pan with a foil tent and bake at 325 until done. I usually remove the foil about 30 minutes before removing from the oven to allow the bird to brown a little more. Completely your choice to baste the bird while cooking. Just remember every time you open that oven door you are adding 15-20 minutes to the cooking time!
8. Remove from oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes before carving. The items inside the bird can be served as side dish or tossed. I usually place beside the bird as garnish.
Lynne B says
I’m terrified of making the main dishes at Thanksgiving – ham, roast beef, turkey. I’ve still never cooked a ham! So when I saw “simple turkey recipe”, I did a little happy dance.
Wanda Tracey says
I am always looking for turkey recipes and the best way to roast them.I think it is best like you say to just keep it simple. Thank you for sharing how you cook yours.
Christy Caldwell says
This sounds yum and a very doable recipe. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Angela A Simmons says
I cant wait for thanksgiving its on of my favorite holidays to gather with the family. I have been following a vegan diet so Its going to be hard having to see everyone dig in. I still have to cook meat for the family. Your recipe looks good thanks for sharing 😉
Sarah Matos says
Simple and easy is great especially around the holidays.
Linda Manns says
This sounds good. Turkey day will be here before we know it. Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe
Sherry Keef says
I think I will try this recieipe out!