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Turkey recipe

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a few less things to worry about when making your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner?  That’s what this recipe is all about.

The secret is to cook your turkey in an electric roaster oven instead of your regular kitchen oven.  It cooks it much faster and you never have to baste it!  This keeps more of your attention and your oven free for making all the side dishes that go into making your holiday meals so special. You’ll find that the roaster oven becomes your favorite method of roasting any meats.

The best part is your turkey will be the most tender and juicy you have ever eaten.  Even when your turkey is covered in foil, traditional ovens let all the juices escape.  That’s why you are constantly basting it.  In a roaster oven, the juices condense on the lid and drop back onto your bird.

The one possible drawback is that you won’t get the crispy golden brown skin you obtain when your turkey is baked in a traditional oven. You can compensate for that by rubbing herb butter or olive oil on it and cooking it for the first 30 minutes at the highest temperature your roaster oven will reach, then lowering the temperature for the remaining cooking time. 

You can also place baby potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and other vegetables in the roaster oven around the turkey.  Note that you don’t want to be lifting up the lid too often while the turkey is cooking to be testing the vegetables.  It lets the juices escape (you can compensate for this by adding some chicken broth to the roaster).

Tender Juicy Roaster Oven Turkey
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
4 hrs

Fast, easy to cook recipe for exceptionally juicy turkey.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Roast Turkey, Turkey Dinner
  • 16 to 18 lb turkey
  • 1/2 cup butter salted
  • salt pepper, thyme, rosemary and sage
  • stuffing for the cavity
    Herb Butter
    1. Mix 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick) with the thyme, rosemary and sage. Your herbs should total about 2 tablespoon when mixed together/ Do this 3 hours in advance or the night before so the flavors can mix and refrigerate. Take it out about an hour before using so it can soften
    1. Preheat roaster oven to highest setting
    2. Remove giblets and neck from cavity
    3. Dry turkey with paper towels
    4. Loosen the skin over the turkey breast with your hand and rub half of the butter under the skin
    5. Rub remaining butter over the outside of the turkey
    6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
    7. Rub the remaining butter on the inside of the cavity and stuff it with your favorite stuffing
    8. Place the turkey in the roaster oven at its highest heat for 30 minutes
    9. After thirty minutes reduce temperature to 325 degrees for the rest of the cooking time. Do not remove the lid during the full time the turkey is cooking
    10. Cooking time is about 15 minutes per pound. Your turkey is done when a thermometer shows the temperature to be 170 degrees Fahrenheit in the thickest part of the thigh
    Recipe Notes

    Remove the turkey from the roaster oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes before carving to allow juices to set
    There is no need to use a brine for your turkey when you are cooking it in a roaster oven

    Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas.  Drop us a comment and let us know how your turkey came out.

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