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A Perfect Roast Turkey Recipe for Every Occasion

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Selecting Your Turkey

Opt for a fresh, high-quality turkey. Size matters - calculate about 1 to 1.5 pounds per guest to ensure there’s plenty for everyone, including those sought-after leftovers.

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Thawing the Turkey

If frozen, thaw your turkey in the refrigerator. Allocate 24 hours of thawing time for every 4-5 pounds of turkey, ensuring it’s completely thawed for even cooking.

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Brining for Juiciness

Enhance flavor and moisture by brining your turkey in a solution of water, salt, sugar, and spices for 12-24 hours. This step is key for a succulent result.

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Seasoning Inside and Out

Generously season the cavity with salt, pepper, and aromatics like garlic, onions, and herbs. Rub the outside with butter or oil and your choice of seasonings.

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Tying and Tucking

Tie the legs together with kitchen twine and tuck the wing tips under the body. This promotes even cooking and a more appealing presentation.

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Roasting to Perfection

Place your turkey breast-side up in a roasting pan. Start in a hot oven (about 425°F) for the first 30 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350°F until done.

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Basting for Flavor

Baste the turkey every 45 minutes with its juices or a mixture of butter and broth. This adds flavor and prevents the skin from drying out.

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Checking for Doneness

The turkey is done when a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F. Make sure not to touch the bone for an accurate reading.

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Resting Before Carving

Allow the turkey to rest for at least 20-30 minutes after removing it from the oven. This helps the juices redistribute, ensuring every slice is moist.

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Making the Gravy

While the turkey rests, make your gravy. Use the pan drippings as a base, adding flour and broth, and simmering until thickened. Season to taste.

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Serving Suggestions

Present your turkey on a large platter, garnished with fresh herbs and citrus slices for a festive touch. Offer a variety of sides to complement the main dish.

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Leftover Magic

Transform leftovers into delicious sandwiches, soups, or casseroles. Turkey is incredibly versatile and can be the star of many post-feast meals.