My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
This day is about being together as a family, thankful of blessings received and plenty of great food.
I am a traditionalist when he comes to Thanksgiving, the star of the table has to be a beautiful moist Roasted Turkey.
I don't need to mention leftover Turkey, thats a given. I have been known to roast a turkey just for the leftovers. I do roast my turkey upside down to insure the breast meat is juicy and filled with flavor.
- 1- 15lb Turkey
- 1 stick of Butter
- 1 onion, quartered
- 2 stalks of celery, cut into thirds
- sprigs of rosemary
- salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Remove the neck and giblets (gizzard, liver and heart) from the cavity of the bird.
3. Rinse your thawed turkey and pat dry with paper towels.
4. Melt the butter on medium power in microwave.
5. Place onions, celery and rosemary in the cavity.
6. Pull the legs of the turkey together and tie with kitchen twine.
7. Brush the entire turkey with the melted butter, season with the dried sage, salt and fresh ground pepper.
8. Flip the turkey over and tie the wings to the body
9. Place in a roasting pan "breast side down". Placing the turkey breast side down will make the turkey more moist by allowing the juices to settle in the breast during cooking.
10. Use a roasting rack in your pan to keep the breast from sticking to the bottom of the pan. (I do not stuff my turkey, I prefer to make the stuffing separately in another pan. This decreases the cooking time and it's easier to serve).
11. Place the turkey in the preheated oven and roast according to the wrapping directions as to time.
12. Flip the turkey over about halfway through the cooking time to brown the breast.
13. Use a instant read thermometer to check the temperature of your turkey about 30 minutes prior to being done. Continue to cook until the thickest part of the thigh is 180 degrees and the breast is 165 degrees.
14. Remove from oven and let it rest at least 20 minutes to redistribute the juices prior to carving.
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