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Simple Roast Turkey

Simple Roast Turkey -
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Simple Roast Turkey -

Simple Roast Turkey

What every Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner needs - a good roasted Turkey. Always buy q larger Turkey than you need as there are so many "leftover" recipes, you will not waste anything.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Turkey
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 823kcal



  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Set a rack inside a large roasting pan.
  • Pour 1/3 - 1/2 inch of water into pan ensuring it doesn't touch the rack.
  • Tuck tips of wings under bird. If turkey is not brined, rub bird inside and out with salt.
  • Season inside and out with pepper and place on rack in pan.
  • Place onion and celery in cavity.
  • Rub 3 tablespoons butter over turkey.
  • Roast turkey, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, stir remaining 3 tablespoons butter, soy sauce, and mirin in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted and smooth.
  • Add rosemary.
  • Cover; keep glaze warm over lowest heat.
  • Reduce oven to 325°F.
  • Baste turkey with pan juices; add more water if needed to maintain at least 1/4" liquid in pan.
  • Roast for 30 minutes; baste with pan juices.
  • Brush lightly with glaze.
  • Continue roasting turkey, basting with pan juices and brushing with glaze every 30 minutes, and tenting with foil if turning too dark, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of the thigh without touching bone registers 165°F (juices should run clear when thermometer is removed), about 2 3/4 hours total.
  • Transfer turkey to a platter. Tent with foil; let rest for at least 45 minutes before carving


Sodium: 2470mg | Sugar: 0.1g | Fiber: 0.3g | Potassium: 1902mg | Cholesterol: 431mg | Calories: 823kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Fat: 25g | Protein: 139g | Carbohydrates: 1g