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Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

If you are looking for an easy, tasty and sure-fire recipe for cooking your Thanksgiving Turkey - here you go! Easy and simple and sure to delight all your guests!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
15 mins
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: Holidays, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: big groups, holidays, special occasions, stuffing, thanksgiving, turkey
Servings: 12
Cost: 40




  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  • Place onion, celery, and carrot in a large, shallow roasting pan.
  • Place turkey, breast side up, on top of the vegetables in the roasting pan. Pat the outside and inside of the turkey dry with paper towels.
  • Combine salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Season the inside of the turkey with about 1/3 of the salt mixture. Fold wing tips under the bird.
  • Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat until the edges begin to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Cook and stir rosemary and sage for 1 minute.
  • Place rosemary and sage inside the cavity of the turkey; reserve melted butter. Tie the legs together with twine.
  • Brush outside of the turkey completely with the melted butter. Season with remaining 2/3 of the salt mixture.
  • Bake turkey, uncovered, in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 3 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the turkey from the oven and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.


If your turkey is frozen, defrost in fridge 3 days prior to cooking day.
instant read meat thermometerTo make cooking WAY easier - Invest in a cooking thermometer: This is the one I use and I love it! The most handy kitchen tool ever! I even bought one for our trailer when we are camping, love this device! No more dry or undercooked meat here!
You can also cook the stuffing outside of your turkey.
There are many recipes online and you can change it up - try an apple, cranberry, raisin stuffing with oranges, or traditional - the choice is yours!