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Monday, November 25, 2013

Roast Turkey

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. 
Roast Turkey

  • 1- 15lb Turkey
  • 1 stick of Butter
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 stalks of celery, cut into thirds
  • sprigs of rosemary
  • sage
  • 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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Other Dishes on our table at Thanksgiving

Great Dinner Rolls

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. My husband and I will be doing Thanksgiving on our own this year, and this post was definitely well timed! You make it look so easy, so hopefully I cannot mess it up too badly :)

  2. We will be at a friend's home for Thanksgiving, so I won't be roasting a turkey this year. But I do love doing it, and that turkey looks so good I can almost smell it. I want to snitch a bit of that crispy skin and meat!

  3. That's one delicious looking turkey, I roast it upside down first too so the breast stays moist. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  4. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday too - and I LOVE turkey. :) I also love the stuffing/dressing/whateveryoucallitinyourneckofthewoods. And the cranberry sauce. And... well, you get the picture. ;)

  5. Looks delicious! And the truth is the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is all the wonderful leftovers. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  6. Your turkey looks awesome! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  7. I saw you linked up this recipe at Flour Me with Love linky party last week. It would be perfect for my new link party posted today which features turkey recipes. I hope you'll stop by and post it along with any other turkey recipes you have. You can find the party here:

  8. I love the turkey and all of the leftovers :) I am soooo looking forward to Thursday! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Lee and your family! {hugs}

  9. Your turkey looks amazing! Thanks for sharing on Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!

  10. This looks great! I am so ready for Thanksgiving! Only 2 more days :)
    Thanks for sharing it on Friday Follow Along Party @

  11. Love that color, Evelyn. Makes me want Thanksgiving dinner now!
    Thank you for linking!

  12. I adore rosemary with poultry and your turkey looks amazing. Thanks for linking up with us at Share Your Stuff Tuesday.

  13. We are breaking with tradition this year, and celebrating ThanksChristmas instead. That means no turkey for us, at least not this week ;) I love your tip about baking it upside down, I will definitely give that a try!! Maybe I will do a full on Thanksgiving spread in the dead of winter, so I can be prepared to blog about it next October, lol Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Evelyn - Lisa xx

  14. Whoo looks so tasty, I can't't wait for our Turkey this year :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays,,,

  15. Beautiful turkey!! Looks very flavorful and moist!

  16. Hi Evelyn,
    Your turkey looks beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  17. Looks beautiful! And I'm sure very tasty!


Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))