How to Roast a Turkey

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  • Purchase a ~12 pound whole turkey

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C)

  • Clean the turkey by getting rid of any organs or giblets

  • Put the turkey in a rack inside of a roasting pan

  • In a small mixing bowl, add 1 stick of softened unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons dried basil, 1 teaspoon of ground sage, 1-2 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper

  • Once the seasonings are all mixed, use your hands to lift the skin from the meat of the turkey and spread the seasoned butter inside and all around

  • Save a bit of butter to also cover the whole outside of the turkey. Feel free to be generous in spreading this butter mixture

  • Once the turkey is covered with the seasoned butter, lightly pour a topping of olive oil and the sprinkle a bit of salt again as the last touch

  • Quarter watery/juicy fruits to place inside the turkey, like oranges, lemons, apples, and tomatoes (this will help the turkey retain some moisture)

  • In the bottom of the roasting pan (under the rack), fill the rack ~1.5 - 2 inches with stock or broth

  • Put the turkey pan inside the oven at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) to begin baking

  • During the baking process, be sure to baste all over the turkey every 30 minutes with the broth at the bottom of the pan

  • Bake for 3 - 3.5 hours (or until a thermometer inside the thickest part of the turkey reads 180 degrees F/82 degrees C)

  • After the turkey is finished baking, let it sit for 20-30 minutes before you carve it

This checklist was created by holidaycook

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