To ensure a moist and tender turkey, baste it often, and take it out of the oven when it reaches the specified temperature; the bird will continue to cook as it rests.


David Loftus

Recipe Summary

40 mins
5 hrs


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lowest position. Place turkey on roasting rack set in a large roasting pan. Working from both ends of the turkey,slide fingers under skin to separate it from the flesh (being careful not to tear skin). Spread herb rub under skin.

  • Loosely fill neck cavity and large cavity with 4 cups stuffing. Using kitchen twine, tie legs together securely. Rub all over with butter, and season generously with salt and pepper. Place neck, giblets, and 3 cups water in bottom of roasting pan.

  • Cover turkey loosely with aluminum foil. Roast 1 hour, then baste with pan juices every 30 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted intothickest part of thigh (avoiding bone) registers 125 degrees, 2 to 3 hours total.

  • Remove foil; raise oven heat to 400 degrees. Roast, basting every 15 minutes, until thermometer inserted in thigh (avoiding bone) reaches 170 degrees, 45 minutes to 1 hour more (temperature will rise about10 degrees as turkey rests). If browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil; add more water if pan becomes dry.

  • Transfer turkey to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest at least 30 minutes before carving.Reserve pan with drippings for White-Wine Gravy. To carve: Remove and slice breasts; remove wings. Pull each leg away from body, cutting through thigh joint;cut through leg joint to separate thigh from drumstick.

Reviews (3)

130 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
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  • 3 star values: 54
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  • 1 star values: 3
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I make this Turky every year and its a hit every time. Very easy to do and no fuss (just what I need to enjoy my day).
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I made this for an early Thanksgiving dinner this year and the family absolutely raved. Great easy turkey!
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I made this for Thanksgiving this year and it turned out delicious! you can't go wrong with any of Martha's turkey recipes. They are always real winners! I didn't make it with stuffing, just stuffed the cavity with apples, carrots and onions.