Roast turkey

The tradition of eating roast turkey at Thanksgiving is a long and storied one. turkey has been a traditional Thanksgiving dish in America since the early days of the holiday.

The first recorded Thanksgiving feast in 1621 included roast turkey, but it was not until the late 1800s that turkey became the main dish of the holiday. Prior to that, Thanksgiving was more of a harvest festival, and the main dish was typically roast beef or pork.

Turkey became the star of the show due to a few factors. First, turkey was more affordable than other meats at the time. Second, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, and turkey became the symbol of the holiday.

Advice

When making roast turkey, it is important to start by properly preparing the turkey. Make sure to remove any giblets from the inside of the turkey and pat the turkey dry with paper towels. Next, season the turkey with salt and pepper and any other desired seasonings. Stuff the turkey with herbs and/or vegetables for added flavor. Place the turkey on a roasting pan and add some liquid, such as chicken broth, to the pan. Cover the turkey with foil and cook at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 2-3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Lastly, let the turkey rest before carving to ensure all the juices stay in the turkey.

Questions

Should I roast my turkey at 325 or 350?

It depends on how moist or crispy you prefer your turkey. Generally, roasting at 325°F will result in a more moist and juicy turkey, while roasting at 350°F will give you a crispier skin.

How long does it take to roast a turkey?

The time it takes to roast a turkey will depend on the size of the turkey and the temperature of the oven. A general rule of thumb is to cook a turkey for 15 minutes per pound at 350°F (177°C). For example, an 8-pound (3.6 kg) turkey will take 2 hours to cook.

How long do you roast a turkey at 350?

A turkey should be roasted in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 20 minutes per pound, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F (74°C). For a 12- to 14-pound (5.5- to 6.5-kg) turkey, this would take about 3 to 3½ hours.

What is the best temperature to roast a turkey?

The best temperature to roast a turkey is 350°F.

Do you put water in bottom of roasting pan for turkey?

Yes, it is recommended to add 1 cup of water or broth to the bottom of the roasting pan when roasting a turkey. This helps to keep the turkey moist and prevent it from drying out.

Do I cover my turkey when roasting in the oven?

Yes, you should cover your turkey with foil when roasting in the oven. This helps to retain moisture and prevent the outer skin from becoming too dry.

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Recipes

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Expertly Spiced and Glazed Roast Turkey

  • SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
  • spice mill
  • GLAZE AND ASSEMBLY
  • hardy herb
  • soy sauce
  • light brown sugar
  • sherry vinegar
  • 2x1 orange zest
  • garlic
  • oil
  • TURKEY
  • light brown sugar
  • smoked paprika
  • turkey
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • black peppercorn
  • black peppercorn
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Brined Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy

  • beurre manie
  • turkey neck
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • water
  • carrot
  • celery
  • onion
  • onion
  • salt
  • rosemary
  • water
  • onion
  • thyme
  • butter
  • turkey
  • madeira wine
  • port wine
  • carrot
  • celery
  • white wine
  • clove
  • ginger
  • bay leaf
  • olive oil
  • sage
  • garlic
  • apple
  • rosemary
  • parsley
  • rosemary
  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • sage
  • turkey stock
  • black peppercorn
  • peppercorn
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Dry-Rubbed Roast Turkey

  • light brown sugar
  • turkey
  • butter
  • salt
  • sherry vinegar
  • honey
  • 2x1 orange zest
  • garlic
  • rosemary
  • worcestershire sauce
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Good Eats Roast Turkey

  • canola oil
  • salt
  • water
  • black peppercorn
  • turkey
  • cinnamon
  • ice water
  • vegetable stock
  • red apple
  • light brown sugar
  • allspice berry
  • candied ginger
  • onion
  • rosemary
  • sage
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Juicy Roast Turkey

  • sage
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • onion
  • turkey
  • black pepper
  • white wine
  • butter
  • thyme
  • garlic
  • herb
  • salt
  • garlic
  • chicken broth
  • all purpose flour
  • salt
  • salt
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Roast Turkey

  • chicken broth
  • basil
  • parsley flake
  • tarragon
  • thyme
  • onion powder
  • sage
  • turkey
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  • paprika
  • salt
  • butter
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Alton's Roast Turkey

  • canola oil
  • salt
  • water
  • black peppercorn
  • cinnamon
  • heavily iced water
  • vegetable stock
  • red apple
  • allspice berry
  • candied ginger
  • turkey
  • light brown sugar
  • onion
  • rosemary
  • sage
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Spiced Herb Roast Turkey

  • sage
  • all spice
  • ginger
  • skimmed
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • garlic
  • white pepper
  • turkey
  • paprika
  • onion
  • curry powder
  • canola
  • all purpose flour
  • turkey
  • water
  • carrot
  • parsley
  • celery
  • stock
  • salt
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Cider Roast Turkey with Applejack Gravy

  • herb
  • butter
  • ham
  • turkey
  • egg
  • chicken stock
  • shallot
  • sugar
  • all purpose flour
  • honey
  • rutabagas
  • sweet potato
  • chicken stock
  • leek
  • thyme
  • applejack
  • apple cider
  • sage
  • egg bread
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Easy Roast Turkey with No-Roux Gravy

  • chicken wing
  • black pepper
  • turkey
  • garlic
  • all purpose flour
  • white wine
  • dark brown sugar
  • fennel seed
  • onion
  • salt
  • soy sauce
  • chicken broth
  • celery
  • butter
  • thyme
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Roast Turkey in Parts Recipe

  • salt
  • soy sauce
  • carrot
  • onion
  • chicken stock
  • turkey
  • black peppercorn
  • marmite
  • vegetable oil
  • bay leaf
  • celery
  • garlic
  • butter
  • all purpose flour
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Perfect Roast Turkey Recipe

  • garlic
  • onion
  • turkey
  • butter
  • water
  • clementine
  • sage
  • celery
  • carrot
  • Dry Brine
  • pepper
  • garlic
  • turmeric
  • smoked paprika
  • salt
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Jamaican Jerk Roast Turkey

  • green onion
  • light brown sugar
  • thyme
  • nutmeg
  • clove
  • black pepper
  • lime juice
  • olive oil
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • soy sauce
  • turkey
  • scotch bonnet pepper
  • salt
  • garlic
  • butter
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Bouchon Roast Turkey

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  • butchers' string
  • salt
  • chive
  • heavy cream
  • crème fraîche
  • black peppercorn
  • all purpose flour
  • honey
  • ground turkey
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • turkey
  • parsely
  • thyme
  • leek
  • onion
  • breakfast sausage
  • lemon
  • bay leaf
  • carrot
  • egg white
  • garlic
  • butter
  • salt
  • turkey stock
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Roast Turkey with Celery-Root Stuffing and Giblet Gravy

  • salt
  • turkey
  • white button mushroom
  • mushroom
  • olive oil
  • all purpose flour
  • sage
  • loaves stale country bread
  • parsley
  • white wine
  • celery
  • celery root
  • lemon juice
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • onion
  • shallot
  • turkey
  • butter
  • heavy cream
  • turkey
  • butter
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Roast Turkey with Chestnut-Apple Stuffing

  • Stuffing
  • pepper
  • turkey giblet
  • white bread
  • thyme
  • onion
  • parsley
  • chestnut
  • turkey
  • olive oil
  • sage
  • rosemary
  • celery
  • fuji apple
  • salt
  • Turkey
  • pepper
  • salt
  • onion
  • shallot
  • turkey
  • turkey
  • sage
  • carrot
  • butter
  • celery
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Roast Turkey with Madeira Truffle Butter

  • salt
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  • turkey
  • butter
  • sweet paprika
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Roast Turkey with Cornbread Dressing

  • salt
  • paprika
  • chicken stock
  • white bread crumb
  • sage
  • thyme
  • poultry seasoning
  • carrot
  • onion
  • celery
  • turkey
  • chicken stock
  • carrot
  • garlic
  • onion
  • butter
  • celery
  • butter
  • cornbread
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Roast Turkey

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  • salt
  • turkey
  • butter
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Roast Turkey With Wild Rice Stuffing

  • black pepper
  • salt
  • sherry
  • mushroom
  • turkey
  • chicken liver
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  • rice
  • onion
  • all purpose flour
  • egg yolk
  • butter
  • butter
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Herbed Roast Turkey

  • salt
  • turkey
  • lemon
  • carrot
  • onion
  • rib celery
  • butter
  • sage
  • thyme
  • light brown sugar
  • paprika
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Chile-Rubbed Roast Turkey

  • port
  • nutmeg
  • orange juice
  • salt
  • black peppercorn
  • turkey
  • onion
  • orange
  • cornstarch
  • parsley
  • honey
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • turkey
  • pasilla chile

Ingredient Breakdown

 
turkey
salt
butter
onion
sage
garlic
thyme
celery
carrot
rosemary
all purpose flour
black pepper
olive oil
bay leaf
black peppercorn
soy sauce
water
chicken stock
light brown sugar
white wine
parsley
honey
pepper
shallot
paprika
chicken broth
turkey stock
vegetable oil
cornstarch
sherry vinegar
garlic powder
ginger
sugar
canola oil
cinnamon
allspice berry
herb
lemon
bacon
orange
leek
chive
spice mill
smoked paprika
onion powder
2x1 orange zest
clove
apple
maple syrup
chicken
vegetable stock
red apple
candied ginger
basil
orange juice
apple cider
turkey giblet
sherry
marmite
lemon juice
nutmeg
scotch bonnet pepper
heavy cream
mushroom
celery root
sweet paprika
cornbread
rice
buttermilk
hardy herb
oil
beurre manie
turkey neck
madeira wine
port wine
peppercorn
worcestershire sauce
ice water
parsley flake
tarragon
hard apple cider
walnut
tomato
heavily iced water
orange peel
giblet stock
orange juice concentrate
pea shoot
black walnut
mint
sunflower oil
cranberry
raspberry
rice liquid
gravy
white balsamic vinegar
all spice
skimmed
white pepper
curry powder
canola
stock
ham
egg
rutabagas
sweet potato
applejack
egg bread
giblet broth giblet
apple stuffing
whipping cream
cooking spray
brown sugar
chicken wing
dark brown sugar
fennel seed
turmeric
clementine
madeira
preserved lemon
pepperoni
fennel
sausage stuffing
green onion
lime juice
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butchers' string
crème fraîche
ground turkey
parsely
breakfast sausage
egg white
broth
sweet smoked paprika
white button mushroom
loaves stale country bread
white bread
chestnut
fuji apple
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white bread crumb
poultry seasoning
pecan
calvado
ancho chile
cup dark brown sugar
chicken leg
granny smith apple
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chicken liver
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egg yolk
rib celery
port
pasilla chile
pork sausage
bread crumb
cumin
butternut squash
flat leaf parsley
turnip
potato
hazelnut
grain rice
shucked oyster
bread
vietnamese
tamarind pulp

Insights

Correlated with Higher Ratings

  • carrot
  • celery

Staple Ingredients

  • turkey 62%
  • salt 60%
  • butter 46%

Common Ingredients

  • onion 32%
  • sage 30%
  • thyme 28%
  • rosemary 26%

Usual Ingredients

  • all purpose flour 24%
  • garlic 24%
  • celery 22%
  • bay leaf 18%
  • carrot 18%
  • soy sauce 16%
  • water 16%
  • black peppercorn 14%
  • black pepper 12%
  • chicken broth 10%
  • chicken stock 10%
  • light brown sugar 10%
  • pepper 10%