Easy Roast Turkey

Easy Roast Turkey
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Make the perfect Thanksgiving bird with this juicy turkey recipe. Prepping this delectable turkey only takes 20 minutes—but be prepared, the buttery goodness will have your guests asking for more after just a single bite.Recipe courtesy of McCormick
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Easy Roast Turkey
Total time: 3.32 hours
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoon mccormick® poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mccormick® ground black pepper
  • 1 whole turkey, (12 to 14 pounds), fresh or frozen, thawed
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 2 ribs celery, quartered
  1. Place oven rack in lowest position.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  3. Place roasting rack in shallow roasting pan.
  4. Mix butter, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper in small bowl.
  5. Place turkey, breast-side up, in prepared pan.
  6. Rub 2 tablespoons butter mixture inside cavity of turkey.
  7. Stuff with onion and celery.
  8. Spread remaining butter mixture evenly over turkey and under skin.
  9. Cover loosely with heavy duty foil.
  10. Roast 2 hours, adding an extra 15 minutes per pound for larger turkeys.
  11. Remove foil.
  12. Roast 1 hour longer or until internal temperature reaches 165°F (175° in thigh), basting occasionally with pan juices.
  13. Remove turkey from oven.
  14. Let stand 20 minutes.
  15. Transfer to platter or carving board and slice.
  16. Reserve pan juices to make gravy, such as our Perfect Turkey Gravy, or to serve with turkey.