Are you ready to learn how to cook a succulent roast turkey in the oven? Say goodbye to dry meat and dull flavors because we have the perfect recipe for you. Our Garlic Herb Butter Roast Turkey is the ultimate holiday centerpiece that will leave your guests craving for more.
The Secret to Juicy and Flavorful Turkey
Forget about brining and roasting racks; we have a different approach. We start by roasting the turkey belly down, allowing the important juices to recirculate through the meat. To create our own “roasting rack,” we halve garlic heads and use them to cook the breast from the outside, ensuring it remains moist and tender.
Preparing the Turkey
Before you begin the cooking process, make sure your turkey is completely thawed. Defrost it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days or use the cold water submersion method. Once defrosted, remove the neck and giblets, rinse the turkey, and pat it dry with paper towels.
Cooking the Turkey
To achieve a perfectly cooked turkey, it’s essential to follow a few key steps. Start by roasting the turkey with a generous slathering of garlic herb butter, both over and under the skin. This will help retain the juices and create a beautiful golden skin. Place the turkey breast-side down over garlic, lemon, and herbs to infuse the meat with aromatic flavors. Throughout the cooking process, baste the turkey with the garlic herb butter to enhance its taste and appearance.
Achieving the Perfect Roast
Roast the turkey at 390°F (200°C) for fan forced ovens or 425°F (220°C) for standard ovens for the first 30 minutes. Then, turn the turkey breast-side up, slather it with butter, season with salt and pepper, and reduce the heat to 325°F (165°C) for standard ovens or 300°F (150°C) for fan-forced ovens. Continue roasting, basting, and checking the internal temperature with a meat thermometer until it reaches 165°F (75°C). For extra crispy skin, broil the turkey in the last 5-10 minutes, keeping a close eye on it.
Timing is Everything
The cooking time for your turkey depends on its size, temperature before roasting, and your oven. As a general guide, a turkey needs to cook for about 13-15 minutes per pound. However, it’s crucial to use a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches the recommended internal temperature. Let the turkey rest for 15-30 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute.
The Finishing Touch: Turkey Gravy
To complete your Thanksgiving feast, don’t forget the turkey gravy. Strain the pan drippings, make a roux with butter and flour, and slowly pour in the pan drippings. Season it with salt, pepper, and your preferred herbs or seasonings. Warm it up before serving, adding a little extra stock if needed.
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