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No-Fuss Thanksgiving Turkey

By Emma :

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No-Fuss Thanksgiving Turkey

Hello, dear readers! As we approach the heartwarming season of Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to express my immense gratitude for each and every one of you. Your support and enthusiasm have been my guiding stars, inspiring me to bring more delicious, easy-to-follow recipes to your tables. Today, I’m thrilled to share a Thanksgiving classic with you—a no-fuss turkey recipe that promises to be as delightful as it is simple!

This turkey recipe is perfect for those who want to spend more time with loved ones and less time in the kitchen. It’s all about getting that perfect, juicy bird with golden, crispy skin—without any of the usual stress!

Ingredients

To get started, you’ll need:

  • 1 whole turkey (about 12-14 pounds), thawed and ready to cook
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • Fresh herbs (such as thyme, rosemary, and sage)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil

How to Make

Follow these steps to get your turkey table-ready:

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C). Adjust the oven rack so that the turkey will sit in the center.
  2. Prepare the turkey: Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey, rinse it under cold water, and pat it dry with paper towels.
  3. Season generously: Rub the entire surface of the turkey with olive oil, and then liberally season with salt and pepper. Stuff the cavity with lemon halves, quartered onion, and fresh herbs.

Cooking

  1. Butter it up: Gently loosen the skin from the turkey breast and spread the softened butter underneath. This helps keep the breast meat incredibly moist.
  2. Roast: Place the turkey breast-side up on a roasting rack in a large roasting pan. Tent the turkey with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning.
  3. Cooking time: Roast the turkey for about 13 minutes per pound. For a 14-pound turkey, this would be about 3 hours. Remove the foil in the last 45 minutes to allow the skin to get crispy and golden.
  4. Check for doneness: The turkey is done when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F (75°C).
  5. Rest before carving: Let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before carving to let the juices redistribute.

Helpful Tips

  • Basting is optional: If you prefer, you can baste the turkey every 45 minutes with the pan juices to enhance the flavor and moisture.
  • Keep an eye on the thermometer, not just the clock. Depending on your oven, cooking times can vary.

Substitutions/Variations

  • Herb variations: Feel free to mix and match your favorite herbs. Dried herbs can be used in place of fresh, but reduce the quantity by one-third since dried herbs are more concentrated.
  • Citrus twist: Swap out lemons for oranges or grapefruit for a different citrus note.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare this turkey the day before?

Yes, you can prepare the turkey by buttering and seasoning it up to 24 hours in advance. Just cover it and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to roast.

What if my turkey is browning too quickly?

If the turkey is browning too quickly, tent it with aluminum foil to protect it from excessive heat while allowing it to continue cooking evenly.

Storage Instructions

  • Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of cooking, stored in airtight containers. They will keep for up to four days.
  • Freezing: You can freeze cooked turkey for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

More Relevant Recipes

If you’re looking for more delightful treats to complement your Thanksgiving meal, check out these delicious options from my blog:

Thank you for joining me in this culinary journey. I hope this No-Fuss Thanksgiving Turkey becomes a new favorite in your holiday repertoire, bringing ease and enjoyment to your festive celebrations. Here’s to a holiday filled with joy, gratitude, and, of course, fabulous food! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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No-Fuss Thanksgiving Turkey

No-Fuss Thanksgiving Turkey


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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 810 1x

Description

Simplify your Thanksgiving with this straightforward and delicious turkey recipe! Perfect for both novices and seasoned cooks, this guide ensures a perfectly moist and flavorful turkey without the usual hassle. Follow these easy steps to bring a centerpiece to your holiday table that leaves you plenty of time to enjoy with loved ones.


Ingredients

Scale

    • 1 whole turkey (about 1214 pounds), thawed and ready to cook

    • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened

    • 2 lemons, halved

    • 4 garlic cloves, minced

    • 1 large onion, quartered

    • Fresh herbs (such as thyme, rosemary, and sage)

    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    • Olive oil


Instructions

Preparation

    1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C). Adjust the oven rack so that the turkey will sit in the center.

    1. Prepare the turkey: Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey, rinse it under cold water, and pat it dry with paper towels.

    1. Season generously: Rub the entire surface of the turkey with olive oil, and then liberally season with salt and pepper. Stuff the cavity with lemon halves, quartered onion, and fresh herbs.

Cooking

    1. Butter it up: Gently loosen the skin from the turkey breast and spread the softened butter underneath. This helps keep the breast meat incredibly moist.

    1. Roast: Place the turkey breast-side up on a roasting rack in a large roasting pan. Tent the turkey with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning.

    1. Cooking time: Roast the turkey for about 13 minutes per pound. For a 14-pound turkey, this would be about 3 hours. Remove the foil in the last 45 minutes to allow the skin to get crispy and golden.

    1. Check for doneness: The turkey is done when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F (75°C).

    1. Rest before carving: Let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before carving to let the juices redistribute.

Notes

    • Basting is optional: If you prefer, you can baste the turkey every 45 minutes with the pan juices to enhance the flavor and moisture.

    • Keep an eye on the thermometer, not just the clock. Depending on your oven, cooking times can vary.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: Approximately 6 ounces (170 grams) of cooked turkey
  • Calories: 320 per serving
  • Sugar: 0 grams
  • Sodium: 690 mg
  • Fat: 16 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 5 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 1 gram
  • Fiber: 0 grams
  • Protein: 40 grams
  • Cholesterol: 120 mg

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