Total Time
3hrs 45mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs 15 mins

We usually buy extra turkeys around Thanksgiving when they are on sale and I always experiment with different spices and I tried this and it was delicious. It also makes its own gravy.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Remove bag containing turkey parts from cavity.
  3. Rinse turkey and let drain.
  4. Place turkey inside of Dutch Oven or a roaster.
  5. Put salt, lemon pepper, poultry seasoning all over turkey including inside of cavity.
  6. Place butter slices under skin and inside cavity.
  7. Place carrot halves and onion inside cavity.
  8. Pour broth over turkey and in pan.
  9. Add bouillons and cover with lid. Put turkey in oven and let cook for 45 minutes at 400 degrees.
  10. Turn oven down to 250 and let cook 3 more hours.
  11. Occasionally basting with broth in bottom of pan. To brown the turkey, remove lid during last 30-45 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven, let stand 15 minutes or so and then it is ready to serve.
  13. This recipe is really easy and it makes a delicious turkey!
Most Helpful

This was by far the best turkey I have ever made this Christmas! I used the liquid for gravy, adding only some flour mixed with water and it was excellent. I would definately recommend it for any size turkey(mine was 20 pounds).

Amy6 December 31, 2001

Very moist delicious turkey! I did my Thanksgiving turkey this way and it was perfect. I had a 12 lb. turkey, cooked at 400 for 45 minutes and then 325 for another 2 hours. nLoved it and the gravy was good too! Thanks for sharing, I will use this again.

h.glenda November 30, 2009