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How to Roast the Most Delicious Traditional Holiday Turkey

David Burch Posters Prints - Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey and Pie Art Photographic Print - Artist: David Burch - Poster Size: 24x18If you crave the turkey your mother made, and just have to have it this Thanksgiving, this is the turkey recipe for you! Also, find out how to keep your turkey breast moist, instead of dry and stringy!
~ Kimberly Edwards 😀

Type: Main
Serve With: A feast of amazing side dishes for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Prep Time: ~ 20 min
Cook Time: Depending on how big the turkey is: 10 – 16 lbs = 3 hr 20 min – 5 hr 20 min
Yield: 11-12 people


1. Rinse defrosted or fresh turkey, inside and out, under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels.

2. Preheat oven to 400 F.

3. Smear 1/2 of butter on skin of turkey, all over.

4. Sprinkle spices evenly all over outside, and a little bit inside, the turkey.

* Tip: If you are not stuffing the turkey, stuff 1 large cleaned apple in large cavity to keep meat moist.

* Tip: If you have a meat thermometer, insert it now. Make sure the end is not in the inner, empty cavity of the bird. It must be in the meat of the bird, and it is better to put it into the dark meat regions, as dark meat takes slightly longer to cook.

5. In a large roasting pan, on a rack, place turkey and put in oven for 10 min on 400 F.

* Tip: If you want moist turkey breast, instead of the usual dry stuff, place bird on rack in roasting pan breast-side down. This will ensure you get moist white meat.

6. Reduce temperature after 10 min to 350 F, and cover bird with tin foil very loosely.

7. Roast bird 20 min per each pound for an unstuffed bird.

8. During roasting, baste periodically (~ every 30 min) with the remainder of the butter, and drippings in the bottom of the roasting pan.

9. Turkey will be done when it reaches an internal temperature of 190 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.

* Tip: If you don’t have a meat thermometer, the way to tell if the bird is done is by wiggling the leg, and if it moves back and forth rather easily, and the juices coming out are running clear, the turkey is finished.

10. Remove turkey from oven, and allow to sit for 5 min.

11. Serve & Enjoy!

This is my staple turkey recipe for Holiday meals! Awesome stuff! It always has crispy skin, moist breast meat, and is super juicy too!

I hope you enjoyed today’s installment of Cooking With Kimberly, preparing you for Thanksgiving…

Kimberly Edwards 😀

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com.

Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos.

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    • Thank you so much, Nina! Believe it or not, I just found this comment in my spam folder from 2009. Great article, and very coincidental that I would find this article right during the Holiday Season! Perfect timing for Holiday Turkey!

      My apologies it fell through the cracks!


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  1. Cook turkey in a cooking bag it turns out moist and with crispy skin always.

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    • Really? I would have never been that adventurous to try it and risk not getting crisp skin.

      Do you make your turkey like this always?

      Thanks for the great tip.

      Kimberly 🙂

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  2. I brined my turkey this year – will share with you how it turned out and provide the recipe!

    Merry Christmas ’09!

    Kimberly 🙂

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