A roasted turkey is one of those tricky things. I wish I could stuff myself with it regularly, but always refrain from doing so as its occasional appearance tends to make it feel special. It’s one of those traditional treats reserved for big family gatherings and fabulous holidays alike. And what better way to do so than with the simplest turkey recipe in all the land. Yep, we’ve got it right here, and it’s really stinkin’ good.

Roasted Turkey
prep time
30 Minute/s
cook time
2 Hour/s 30 Minute/s
total time
3 Hour/s
Serves 8Ingredients
  • 8 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 fresh turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 whole lemon, halved
  • 1 Spanish onion, quartered
  • 1 head garlic, halved crosswise
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves to the butter mixture. Set aside.
  3. Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, halved lemon, quartered onion, and the garlic. Brush the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.
  4. Roast the turkey about 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 20 minutes.
  5. Slice the turkey and serve.

*Adapted from: Barefoot Contessa

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