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Chris Morocco


Credit: Roland Bello

Recipe Summary

30 mins
3 hrs
3 hrs 30 mins
Serves 12


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oven to 425° F.

  • Place the carrots, onion, giblets (if included), and 1 cup water in a large roasting pan and top with a roasting rack. Rub the turkey with the oil and season with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. (Be sure to season inside the cavity, too.) Tie the legs together with twine and tuck the wings underneath the body.

  • Roast until the turkey is golden brown and the skin is beginning to crisp, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Reduce oven temperature to 325° F. Continue to roast the turkey and begin to baste with the butter baste ( Molasses and Bourbon, Smoked Paprika, or Chili, Garlic, and Rosemary) every 30 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a thigh registers 165° F, 1 hour, 15 minutes to 1 hour, 40 minutes more. (Add 1 cup more water to the pan if the vegetables begin to scorch.)

  • Carefully tilt the turkey to empty the juices from the cavity into the roasting pan. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and let rest for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour before carving. Reserve the pan and its contents for Ultimate Gravy.

Nutrition Facts

676 calories; fat 25g; cholesterol 427mg; protein 101g; carbohydrates 4g; sugars 2g; fiber 1g; iron 8mg; calcium 71mg.