Perfect Roast Turkey

Recipe by Fauve
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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.
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RECIPE MADE WITH LOVE BY

@Fauve
Contributor
“I first tried this recipe for Thanksgiving this year, and may I assure you, the name is more than fitting! Tender, juicy, fragrant and, yes, perfect! I don't think I've ever smelled a more heavenly smell from my kitchen. I'm sure I'll be making this turkey recipe for my family's big holidays from now on.”