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Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey

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Roasting the perfect turkey can be very tricky as it is easy to end up with tasteless, dry meat. Especially the turkey breast. This turkey turns out flawless because it soaks in brine for 24 hours and then it is roasted.
  Turkey 2 Pound
  Garlic salt 1 Teaspoon
  Sage 1 Teaspoon
  Freshly ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Yellow onion 2 Medium
  Stalks celery 2
  Carrot 1 , halved
  Ground sage 1 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste

Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse it and then pat dry it well with paper towels.

Rub inside of the breast meat and all of the outer skin with a mixture of garlic salt, sage and freshly ground black pepper.

Place a quartered, seeded red apple, a quartered, medium yellow onion, 2 celery stalks halved and 1 carrot halved into the cavity. It will enhance the flavor overall.

Tie the legs with kitchen twine. Once that is done the turkey must sit at room temperature for 25 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and cook your turkey at this temperature, breast side down, for one hour.

Remove the bird from the oven and baste it with a melted stick of butter mixed with 1 teaspoon ground sage and salt and pepper.

Flip it over in the roasting pan so that you now have it breast side up.

Lower the heat in your oven to 375 degrees and cook the turkey until a thermometer registers 175 degrees when inserted in the thickest part of the thigh.

Make sure to baste the turkey every hour with the pan juices. Cover it with foil of it is getting too dark.

This turkey was 15 pounds and it cooked for four hours. Tent it at the last hour.

Remove the turkey

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
240 Minutes
Ready In: 
250 Minutes
You always plan roast turkey for the Thanksgiving but are afraid you will end in an undercooked or overdone or too soft or juicy. Here’s a video that will help you roast it perfectly. Watch the video and follow the instructions for the turkey roast just right.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 256 Calories from Fat 103

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 11 g17.6%

Saturated Fat 3.3 g16.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 108.9 mg36.3%

Sodium 447.4 mg18.6%

Total Carbohydrates 6 g1.9%

Dietary Fiber 1.7 g6.7%

Sugars 0.8 g

Protein 32 g63%

Vitamin A 37.1% Vitamin C 2.8%

Calcium 4.9% Iron 13.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey Recipe Video