The Best Thanksgiving Turkey:
A Delicious Reason To Be Thankful
I can't think of a year that we need a day focused on gratitude more than 2020. While we might not be gathering in the ways that we're used to this year, I am about to give you a delicious reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving! This is the best Thanksgiving turkey recipe I've done. It's incredibly easy, wildly juicy, and jam-packed full of flavor.
Butter, Fresh Herbs, And Cheesecloth –
The trick to the best Thanksgiving turkey is in the butter, fresh herbs, and the cheesecloth. The cheesecloth is going to hold on to all the deliciousness of the butter and herbs, creating the juiciest and most gorgeously brown turkey! Whether you're team dark meat or white meat, it won't matter! You'll be a fan of it all with this recipe. I promise, the little bit of time it takes you to prep those herbs will be worth it!
The Veggies And Versatility –
Feel free to play around with your veggies, too. I love all things savory when it comes to my turkey, but adding some sweet potatoes and parsnips would add a delectable sweetness. It's hard to go wrong. You can even mix your broth with a bit of your favorite wine to spice things up a little! That's the beauty of the recipe – it's versatile and delicious any way you tweak it, so go wild!
Eat The Best Thanksgiving Turkey & Fill Cups With Joy!
So friends, crack open that bottle of wine. Put on all the holiday movies (or football if that's your thing). Make those sides and be prepared to have the best Thanksgiving turkey you've ever had. Remember to recognize all the joys while you hustle and bustle, too. The sounds, the smells, the food you're able to eat, the warmth of your home and the people in your life. The joy is there for you, you just have to take it. Be blessed and be full!
Best Thanksgiving Turkey
- Roasting pan
- Cheese cloth
- 12.5 lb Turkey
- 1.5 tbsp Fresh thyme minced
- 2 tbsp Fresh sage minced
- 3 tbsp Fresh parsley minced
- 2 tbsp Fresh rosemary minced
- 1 small head of garlic minced
- 1 lb Grass fed butter room temperature
- 2 Medium yellow onions quartered
- 4-6 Carrots
- 4-6 Stalks of celery (keep the butts)
- 1 Large red Onion quartered
- 1.5 lb Multi-colored, fingerling potatoes
- 32oz turkey or chicken stock
Prepare the Turkey
- Preheat your oven to 350° F
- Remove innards from neck and body cavities. Set aside.
- Using paper towels, dry your turkey.
- Generously season bird (including cavities) with salt and pepper.
Prepare the Seasoned Butter
- Place all the butter in a bowl.
- Add all your minced herbs and garlic to the butter.
- Using your hands, mix the herbs evenly throughout the butter.
Bringing it all Together
- Place all your veggies (except one of the quartered white onions) evenly across the bottom of your roasting pan.
- Place the turkey on top of the vegetables.
- Use 1/3 of your butter mixture and rub under the turkey skin. You will need to break through the fascia to be sure you're covering as much of the bird as possible.
- Place about 2 tbsp of the butter mixture, celery butts, and one quartered, white onion inside the body cavity.
- Rub the remaining butter mixture all over the skin and body of the bird.
- Cover the turkey with the cheesecloth, pressing it into the butter evenly around the bird.
- Sprinkle any remaining herbs, salt and pepper over the vegetables.
- Add enough broth to fill about 1/2 of the roasting pan.
- Bake for 3 hours (approx. 13 per lb), basting every 15 minutes for the last hour.
About the Author
Amanda Haile is a Nutrition & Fitness enthusiast with 8 years experience. She coaches others on building health from the inside out and uses her own experience battling hidden disease to teach people that their environment (mental, physical & emotional) has greater influence on their health than they may understand. Her signature style is to teach people how to take baby steps toward health, so that changes stay exciting, are manageable and sustainable. Feel healthier and more confident so that you’re living a life of health, joy, and happiness that will bleed into your success and relationships. You can follow her on Instagram at @amanda.m.haile
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