This Garlic Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey recipe is not only super easy to make, but it is also so moist and delicious, it will wow everyone at your holiday dinner table. Tender, juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside and so tasty.
We will be showing you everything you need to know on how to make the best thanksgiving turkey recipe! Tender and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. This is a foolproof, packed with flavor, juicy and delicious turkey recipe that everyone will rave over on your dinner table over Thanksgiving or holiday dinner.
HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY TURKEY RECIPE
There are many ways to make a Thanksgiving turkey. But we will be showing you how to make this particular easy Garlic herb roasted thanksgiving turkey recipe because honestly, that’s all that matters right now! We have also included some tips, Do’s and Don’ts, and some Frequently asked questions on how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey.
Here is what you need to do:
First, begin to thaw the turkey in the refrigerator 2-3 days before roasting. This Step is crucial because cooking a turkey that’s still frozen will take much longer to cook. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator about 2 hours before cooking to allow it to come closer to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 350F. To make the turkey seasoning, in a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, sage, thyme, salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Set aside.
Remove the turkey from the bag, place on pan pat dry with a paper towel. If you feel like washing your turkey with some vinegar, you can do so but not necessary.
Then, remove any large fat deposits, neck, and giblets. Gently loosen the skin from the breast by slowly working your fingers between the breast and the skin.
Using your hand, spread a generous amount of the herb mixture or seasonings under the breast skin. Rub the remaining of the herb mixture all over the outside of the turkey. Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan.
Pour the vinegar or lemon juice over the turkey and into the cavity, then loosely cover with aluminum foil. You can add some lemons, onions, herbs into the cavity of the turkey for some extra flavor. Tuck the wings under the legs of the turkey to prevent them from burning.
Add about 2 cups of water or broth to the bottom of the pan. You can add loads of veggies to the bottom of the pan during this step, alongside the turkey. Use some twine to tie the legs of the turkey.
Roast in the preheated oven for about 2:45 – 3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165-180F.
Transfer the turkey to a large serving platter, and let it sit for at least 20 to 30 minutes before carving.
SOME DO’S, DON’TS, AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON HOW TO PREPARE A THANKSGIVING TURKEY
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner and having to prepare the turkey may get you all stressed out but it is quite simple. We have come up with a few tips and tricks and some frequently asked questions to help you out. If we missed any, feel free to drop your question in the comment section below.
HOW LONG TO BAKE A TURKEY
It takes about 15-18 minutes to cook one pound of turkey. Depending on how large your turkey is, a 10-pound turkey will take about 2 hours to cook through. It is best to use a digital thermometer to check the doneness of your turkey. Place the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat you are testing. Either the breast or the thighs.
If using a digital thermometer, the white meat (breast) should read 165-170 F. On the other hand, the dark meat (legs) should read 180 F.
Don’t have a thermometer?
No problem. You can use a knife to test if the turkey is done. Pierce the breast or leg meat with the knife. If the juices that run out of it is white/clear, then it is done. Pink juice coming out of the meat means it needs more time to cook.
WHAT SIZE TURKEY TO BUY FOR THANKSGIVING
You know how many people are coming over for dinner but you arent sure what size turkey to get? Here is a quick tip. Get about 1.5 pounds of turkey per person. So if you are having 8 people on your dinner table, get a 12-pound turkey. If you would like some leftover turkey, then get a 15-pound turkey.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO THAW A TURKEY
A 5-pound turkey will need at least a day to thaw in the fridge. It will take 2-3 days to thaw a larger turkey so please plan ahead. Place the turkey in a pan or big dish before you place it in the fridge to prevent turkey water from seeping all over the fridge.
DON’T COOK STUFFING INSIDE THE TURKEY
It is best to cook your stuffing in a casserole instead of adding the stuffing into the cavity of the turkey. Adding stuffing into the turkey will absorb all the juices from the meat and get absorbed into the stuffing instead of the meat. Also, the stuffing will generally add more cooking time to the turkeys cooking time and may cause the turkey meat to overcook and dry out. A quick tip, add the juices from the bottom of your pan over the turkey to get the same great flavors.
DO LET THE TURKEY REST
After you take out the turkey from the oven, allow it to sit out for at least 15-40 minutes. Remove from pan and place in a large dish along with the veggies (if using). Then add some of the juices over the turkey, cover and let it sit. You can leave in the pan but still cover it with foil and allow it to rest before you cut through and serve.
DON’T WASH THE TURKEY
The FDA recommends that you DON’T wash your poultry because you will just cause contamination of your sink. Just pat the turkey down using a paper towel instead. Any germs and such will be eliminated during cooking. For those that insist on washing, you can use a combination of lemon juice and vinegar even though this step is not necessary.
DON’T BRINE THE TURKEY
Brining is really not necessary if you buy a high-quality turkey like butterball for example. You can still get a juicy and moist turkey without brining. Wild turkey will need to be brined to get a tender and juicy finish.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE TURKEY GRAVY
The best way to make the best homemade turkey gravy is to use the drippings from the turkey you just made. While the turkey is resting before you serve dinner, make the gravy! You can always make the gravy ahead and just use chicken stock.
For a step by step recipe on how to make gravy from scratch, check out this Turkey Gravy recipe using the drippings from this easy turkey roast recipe.
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Some side dishes to go along with this Turkey:
- Garlic Butter Hasselback Potatoes
- Hasselback Butternut Squash
- One-Pot Cheesy Creamed Corn
- Butternut Squash Casserole
- Easy Maple Roasted Carrots
- Green Beans and Tomato Salad
- Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
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Easy Garlic Roasted Turkey Recipe
- 12 lbs Turkey
- ⅓ Cup Olive Oil
- 4 Garlic Cloves minced or pressed
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary Chopped
- 3 Tbsp Fresh Sage Chopped
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Thyme picked
- 1 Cup Red or White Wine Vinegar or freshly squeezed lemons
- Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Begin to thaw the turkey in the refrigerator 2-3 days before roasting.
- Remove the turkey from the refrigerator about 2 hours before cooking to allow it to come closer to room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, sage, thyme, salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Set aside.
- Remove turkey and pat dry. Take out any large fat deposits and giblets. Gently loosen the skin from the breast by slowly working your fingers between the breast and the skin.
- Using your hand, spread a generous amount of the herb mixture under the breast skin. Rub the remaining of the herb mixture all over the outside of the turkey.
- Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Pour the vinegar or lemon juice over the turkey and into the cavity, then loosely cover with aluminum foil.
- Add about 2 cups of water to the bottom of the pan. Roast in the preheated oven for about 2:45 - 3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 180F.
- Transfer the turkey to a large serving platter, cover with tin foil and let it sit for at least 20 to 30 minutes before carving. Enjoy!