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How To Roast A Turkey

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This simple method will show you how to roast a turkey for Holidays. Cooking turkey is easy if you have some simple tricks. Roasting a turkey is a time honored tradition for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas too.
Ingredients
  Turkey 1 Small
  Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Kosher salt To Taste
  Cracked black pepper To Taste
  Celery stalk 2
  Carrots 2
  Onion 1⁄2 Medium, peeled cut in large chunks
For serving
  Oranges 2 Medium, cut in half
  Sage leaves 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Defrost the turkey about 2 to 3 days in advance, place in in refrigerator to defrost.
2. On the day of cooking, take the turkey out of refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature.
3. Wash and clean the turkey, remove giblet and pat it dry.
4. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

MAKING
5. Place the turkey on a baking dish, breast side up.
6. Drizzle olive oil all over the turkey, sprinkle with salt and pepper and brush the bird spread the seasoning all over.
7. Break celery and carrots in large chunks, dice the onion and put the vegetable in the baking dish around the turkey.
8. Sprinkle the vegetable with salt and pepper.
9. Put the turkey in the oven and roast it until the internal temperature reaches 170 F, while toasting add in 2 cups of water to the baking dish and add more later if needed.
10. Remove the turkey out of the oven, transfer to other plate allow to sit and cool slightly.

SERVING
11. Garnish the turkey by placing orange halves and sage leaves around the turkey.
12. Carve the turkey and serve hot.

TIPS
Do not discard the giblet use it to make giblet gravy.
Use the dripping and liquid from the baking dish to make giblet gravy.

Things You Will Need
Pastry brush

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Roasted
Occasion: 
Christmas, Thanksgiving
Ingredient: 
Turkey
Interest: 
Party
Servings: 
8

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