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Recipe photo courtesy of MARIA ROBLEDO

This recipe yields a plump and regal turkey, with crisp, golden-brown skin and an aroma to match.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 1995
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If your roasting pan only fits sideways in the oven, turn the pan every hour so the turkey cooks and browns evenly.

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  • rita_campbell
    24 NOV, 2016
    I've been making this recipe since 2000. Every single year my turkey looks like it came from a Norman Rockwell painting (actually better!). It's delicious & moist. My guests ooh & ahhh, we take a picture. When I get the praise, I always say, you can thank Martha Stewart for this one! I've shared your recipe with family & friends & all agree, it's the Keeper! My 16th "Martha" turkey is in the oven now, as I write this. Thank you Martha, Happy Thanksgiving!
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  • rita_campbell
    24 NOV, 2016
    I've been making this recipe since 2000. Every single year my turkey looks like it came from a Norman Rockwell painting (actually better!). It's delicious & moist. My guests ooh & ahhh, we take a picture. When I get the praise, I always say, you can thank Martha Stewart for this one! I've shared your recipe with family & friends & all agree, it's the Keeper! My 16th "Martha" turkey is in the oven now, as I write this. Thank you Martha, Happy Thanksgiving!
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  • rita_campbell
    24 NOV, 2016
    I've been making this recipe since 2000. Every single year my turkey looks like it came from a Norman Rockwell painting (actually better!). It's delicious & moist. My guests ooh & ahhh, we take a picture. When I get the praise, I always say, you can thank Martha Stewart for this one! I've shared your recipe with family & friends & all agree, it's the Keeper! My 16th "Martha" turkey is in the oven now, as I write this. Thank you Martha, Happy Thanksgiving!
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  • rita_campbell
    24 NOV, 2016
    I've been making this recipe since 2000. Every single year my turkey looks like it came from a Norman Rockwell painting (actually better!). It's delicious & moist. My guests ooh & ahhh, we take a picture. When I get the praise, I always say, you can thank Martha Stewart for this one! I've shared your recipe with family & friends & all agree, it's the Keeper! My 16th "Martha" turkey is in the oven now, as I write this. Thank you Martha, Happy Thanksgiving!
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  • cmonopolishea
    24 NOV, 2016
    I want to use this recipe today, but have no cheesecloth. Does anyone have a good alternative that works in the oven?
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  • ashutterqueena
    30 NOV, 2015
    I tried this recipe this Thanksgiving. Absolutely the best, juiciest, moist turkey I have ever made. I did add turkey stock around bird and placed celery, garlic, carrots and onions in the pan as well. It made a delicious gravy. Wow, the cloth protected the bird and once uncovered after hour three, the bird browned up nicely with a crunchy skin!! A must from now on!!
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  • bethybdmgmail
    27 NOV, 2015
    Anyone have timing advice for a smaller (15.5lb) bird? I am a turkey novice. Thanks
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  • Nealesmom614
    28 NOV, 2014
    This is the best Thanksgiving turkey recipe ever! My family accused me of purchasing the turkey from the store, because it looked "just like the picture"!
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  • levisnp
    27 NOV, 2014
    The best approach to Turkey cooking thus far. Have used this recipe the past few years, and it is the best. Alton Brown's brine +garlic, thyme, peppercorns and fennel, followed by this recipe have worked for large and small birds alike. This year, a twenty pound moist and perfect bird.
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  • Chestnut007
    27 NOV, 2014
    I have been making this turkey for years! It works well even with the free turkey you get from the supermarket. (A fresh is better) It is foolproof, and looks like it belongs on the cover of a magazine. Do not change a thing. Your guests will gasp when it is placed on the table.
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