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Make Thanksgiving easier with the best and juiciest roast turkey ever! It cooks faster and requires NO brining! | aheadofthyme.com

The Best and Juiciest Roast Turkey Ever


  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 roast turkey

Description

Make Thanksgiving easier with the best and juiciest roast turkey ever! It cooks faster and requires NO brining!


Ingredients

  • 1 (14 - 16 lb.) turkey
  • olive oil or butter
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary and/or thyme
  • 6 leaves fresh sage

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500 F.
  2. Remove turkey neck and giblets and set aside for your homemade gravy (it is used for the turkey stock).
  3. Wash and pat dry turkey with paper towels. Place turkey on roasting tray and tuck the wings underneath the turkey.
  4. Coat the turkey skin both on top and underneath (if possible) generously with olive oil or butter. You can add some chopped herbs (rosemary, thyme and/or sage) on top of the bird as well (optional).
  5. Insert apple, cinnamon and fresh herbs into the turkey's cavity.
  6. Roast the turkey on lowest rack for 30 minutes.
  7. Lower the oven temperature to 350 F and roast until the internal temperature of turkey reaches 165 F. You can check the internal temperature by inserting the thickest part of the turkey breast with a cooking thermometer. For a 14-16 pound turkey, this should take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.
  8. Remove from oven and loosely cover the turkey with aluminum foil. Let turkey rest for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the turkey drippings and set aside for your gravy.
  9. Serve and carve!

Notes

Reserve the turkey neck and giblets to make turkey stock for your homemade gravy.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Category: Poultry