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Roasted Turkey

Perfect Roast Turkey

Easy, simple & delicious recipe for How to Roast a Turkey will have your guests swooning.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8
Author Gina Kleinworth


  • 1 turkey - thawed
  • 5-6 stalks celery- chopped
  • ½ onion - chopped
  • 4-5 carrots- peeled & chopped
  • 2 head garlic- peeled
  • 2-3 apples
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 6 tbsp butter - divided
  • 3 tbsp compound butter such as Italian Garlic Butter


  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 3 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut your celery, carrots, onion & garlic & add most of them to the bottom of the roasting pan. *Note- be sure to use a roasting pan with an elevated rack to keep the bird somewhat above the liquid.
  • Prepare the turkey by removing the added items (neck, giblets, gravy packet) - leave the tie on the legs - this helps keep it together. (no need to rinse the turkey as this just spreads any bacteria to other parts of your kitchen. Anything that you would "rinse-off" will cook out.)
  • Place the turkey in the prepared pan and stuff the remaining veggies inside of the turkey.
  • Add one apple- cut in half, inside of the turkey with the vegetables.
  • Place the remaining apples (also cut in half) around the outside of the turkey.
  • Cut the butter into 1 tbsp pats. Carefully lift the skin away from the meat & slide the pats of butter in-between the skin & breast.
  • Pour the chicken stock into the bottom of the pan.
  • Melt the compound butter & brush over the entire turkey.
  • Roast in a pre-heated oven uncovered for 30 minutes.
  • Remove, baste, tent with foil - return to the oven.

Reduce the heat to 375 degrees.

  • Continue roasting an additional 2 to 2½ hours depending on the size of your turkey (check the label for exact cooking times per size) Basting every 40-45 minutes. (should be about 15 minutes per pound - total time)
  • Check the temperature near the last 30 minutes. Once you reach a minimum of 165 degrees in the thickest part of the turkey, it's time to add the glaze.
  • Whisk glaze ingredients in a small bowl to combine
  • Brush the glaze over the turkey & return the turkey to the oven, uncovered & cook an additional 15 minutes to crisp the skin.
  • Remove & let rest 10-20 minutes before carving.