Simple Roasted Turkey is a hassle-free turkey recipe! With no brining required, the turkey is rubbed down with a garlic herb butter and roasted until perfectly golden brown. Make roasting a turkey a breeze with this Simple Roasted Turkey recipe! Perfect main dish for any holiday table.
Turkey Roasting Tips
I know that roasting a turkey can seem like an overwhelming task, but I’ll walk you through what you need to be able to pull off roasting your own holiday turkey!
Here are a few essential items to have on hand when roasting a turkey:
- A large roasting pan – a turkey is big! Having a good, sturdy roasting pan with a wire rack will save you so much hassle down the road. Plus, you don’t have to worry about it caving into the weight of the turkey. PS: you can still use these roasting pans for every day cooking! Try it out with a chicken or pot roast!
- A meat thermometer – the easiest and best way to tell if your turkey is done: the temperature! You want an internal temperature of 165 degrees at the deepest part of the meat. I typically insert my thermometer into the deepest part of the leg/thigh and breast to see where I’m at.
- A sharp knife – nothing is worse than trying to carve a turkey without a good knife, trust me!
- Time – give yourself plenty of breathing room and time! I’d rather have my turkey get done before my guests arrive and it just keep it warm than having my guests sitting around waiting for my turkey to get to 165 degrees. Plus, if you give yourself plenty of time, then it helps you not feel stressed or overwhelmed!
Garlic Herb Butter
After the turkey has been patted dry with a paper towel, rubbing it down with a garlic herb butter not only helps add flavor, but keep the turkey moist!
Create a garlic herb butter by mixing together very softened butter, fresh herbs, chopped garlic and seasonings. Then it’s time to get your hands dirty! Generously rub the entire turkey down with the butter mixture to coat it completely.
If the butter isn’t soft enough, it will clump up and won’t spread across the turkey. A simple solution to this problem is quickly microwaving the butter mixture for a few seconds to help soften it.
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