Perfect Roast Turkey

Recipe by Fauve
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • Add the zest and juice of the lemon and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves to the butter mixture.
  • Set aside.
  • Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out.
  • Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry.
  • Place the turkey in a large roasting pan.
  • Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity.
  • Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, halved lemon, quartered onion, and the garlic.
  • Brush the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.
  • Roast the turkey at 350 F about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh.
  • Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 20 minutes.
  • Slice the turkey and serve.