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Traditional Turkey Dinner
  • 12-15 lb turkey (or larger)
  • ½ cup butter , softened
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + additional for drizzling
  • 1 +1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • salt & pepper
  1. If your turkey is frozen, place the turkey in the fridge 3 days (for a 12-15 lb turkey) prior to the day your going to cook it to allow it to defrost.
  2. When you’re ready to start preparing the turkey, take the turkey out of the fridge 30 minutes in advance. Rinse with cold water and pat the turkey dry.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  4. Check the cavities (front and back) of your turkey for extra parts (ie. Neck, heart, liver). Place your turkey in your roasting pan. Fold the wings behind the turkey to prevent them from burning while they cook. You can place the extra turkey parts in the bottom of the roaster for added flavor to the drippings or discard them.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the butter, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp dried parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  6. Separate the skin from the turkey breast using your fingers or by using a spatula. Be gentle as to not tear the skin.
  7. Spoon the butter mixture under the skin, spreading the butter around by massaging the top of the skin. This keeps the turkey tender and juicy. Not to mention the flavor the turkey will absorb while cooking!
  8. Drizzle the additional olive oil over top of the turkey, rubbing it all over the skin. Sprinkle the additional parsley over top of the bird. Season with additional salt and pepper.
  9. Cut the lemon and onions into wedges and the garlic in half. Stuff all this into the cavity of the turkey. Truss the turkey together by tying the turkey base and cross legs together.
  10. Place the cover on the roaster or completely cover with foil to keep as much of the moisture inside during the cooking process as possible. Place in your oven and get ready for the wonderful aromas to begin.
  11. Basting the turkey every 30 minutes will make the turkey even juicier. Cook the turkey for approximately 3 1/2 hours for a 10 lb turkey. A good rule of thumb is about 20 minutes per pound.
  12. Using a cooking thermometer, check the internal temperature. The turkey thigh should be 180 F when fully cooked and the breast should be 170 F. Remove the turkey from the oven to allow to rest. Allow the turkey to rest for at least half an hour before cutting and serving.
  13. Transfer your turkey to a warm platter to serve.