Perfect Turkey Recipe

Perfect Turkey
Jonathan Waxman


  • One  12-pound heritage turkey
  • salt
  • olive oil
  •   Sea salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • orange, halved
  • lemon, halved
  • head garlic, halved
  • cinnamon stick
  • black peppercorns
  • anise seeds
  • coriander
  • juniper berries
  • sweet butter, preferably organic

Here's a simple recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, courtesy of chef Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto Restaurant in New York City.

Click here to see The Perfect Christmas Dinner.


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, on convection, if available.

Prepare a sink big enough for the bird. Fill with hot water and 2 teaspoons salt. Wash the bird in hot water, pat dry, and let dry at room temperature.

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a roasting pan. Sprinkle with a liberal amount of sea salt and fresh pepper. Lay the bird on top. Liberally season with sea salt and fresh pepper. Sprinkle with the remaining olive oil. Place the remaining ingredients inside the turkey's cavity.

Place in the oven, and roast for about 8-10 minutes per pound. You will need to baste every 20 minutes. Spin the turkey around every 20 minutes to help brown evenly.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 1 hour, covered with aluminum foil.


Calories per serving:

999 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Protein, Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 308g 474%
  • Carbs 57g 19%
  • Saturated 80g 399%
  • Fiber 11g 43%
  • Trans 3g
  • Sugars 23g
  • Monounsaturated 100g
  • Polyunsaturated 80g
  • Protein 1,184g 2,369%
  • Cholesterol 3,919mg 1,306%
  • Sodium 11,383mg 474%
  • Calcium 850mg 85%
  • Magnesium 1,414mg 354%
  • Potassium 12,918mg 369%
  • Iron 49mg 274%
  • Zinc 98mg 652%
  • Phosphorus 10,090mg 1,441%
  • Vitamin A 955µg 106%
  • Vitamin C 146mg 243%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 194%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 10mg 602%
  • Niacin (B3) 416mg 2,082%
  • Vitamin B6 33mg 1,670%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 450µg 113%
  • Vitamin B12 66µg 1,107%
  • Vitamin D 16µg 4%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 27%
  • Vitamin K 7µg 9%
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