Good Eats Roast Turkey

Recipe by Gay Gilmore
READY IN: 15hrs 20mins




  • Combine all brine ingredients, except ice water, in a stock pot and bring to a boil.
  • Stir to dissolve solids, then remove from heat, cool to room temperature refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
  • Early on the day of cooking, (or late the night before) combine the brine and ice water in a clean 5 gallon bucket.
  • Place thawed turkey breast side down in brine, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area (like a basement) for 6 hours.
  • Turn turkey over once, half way through brining.
  • A few minutes before roasting, heat oven to 500 degrees.
  • Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick and cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  • Remove bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water.
  • Discard brine.
  • Place bird on roasting rack inside wide, low pan and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Add steeped aromatics to cavity along with rosemary and sage.
  • Tuck back wings and coat whole bird liberally with canola (or other neutral) oil.
  • Roast on lowest level of the oven at 500F for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cover breast with double layer of aluminum foil, insert probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and return to oven, reducing temperature to 350°F.
  • Set thermometer alarm (if available) to 161°F.
  • A 14-16 pound bird should require a total of 2-2 1/2 hours of roasting.
  • Let turkey rest, loosely covered for 15 minutes before carving.