This is a fairly straightforward and truthfully fairly simple recipe that will have you cooking turkey every week! A full-sized turkey should make anywhere between 13 and 18 servings of turkey and will taste absolutely amazing. That is, of course, assuming you can make it through this article!


  • 1 12-pound turkey
  • Any stuffing
  • 8 tablespoons of butter at room temperature
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 cup Onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup of celery, roughly chopped
  • parsley
  • Turkey Gravy


  1. Pre-heat the oven  to 500° F. Wash the turkey and get rid of the giblets. You might even want to use them to make some turkey broth. Pack the turkey with your prepared stuffing, but don't pack it too tightly or cooking may become an issue. Once you're finished stuffing go ahead and tie the legs together to close off the inner cavity. Now's where all the butter comes in...Spread the butter all over the bird with your hands, or a brush, and then continue to sprinkle salt and pepper on it.

  2. Place your greased up turkey onto a rack in a fairly large roasting pan. Add about a half cup of water to the pan and put any vegetables, or leftover turkey parts down there as well. This will really create a great base of flavor in the turkey.

  3. Roast for about half an hour, but be sure to watch for the turkey turning brown. Once it starts browning you can ease off the heat a little and bring it down to about 350°F. Keep roasting for about another half hour. If the bird starts to look like it's burning then lay some aluminum foil onto the top, and if the bottom is devoid of any water then feel free to add another half cup, and continue to do so if it keeps running out. If you happen to have a thermometer on you then simply stick it into the thickest part of the thigh and hope that it reads fairly close to 160. Lets say within 5 degrees. 

  4. If it's ready then go ahead and remove your beautiful bird from the oven. You should let it cool for about 20 minutes before your start cutting away at it, but other than that, you're ready to start gnawing away at your delicious turkey!


Though it's kind of implied, it's always important to be aware of possible burn hazards as you're dealing with incredibly hot stuff here.


This turkey should at least last you a week if it's just you and a spouse. If you're cooking for a family party, you may want to consider cooking two instead. Twice the fun right? Thanks for spending some time learning how to cook turkey! 

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