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Perfect Roast Turkey 101

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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Cook's Notes

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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  • jenniferbougie
    28 DEC, 2017
    I make this turkey several times a year, I love that it only take 4 hrs and it is so moist and juicy.
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  • patricia_bott
    24 DEC, 2017
    I’ve roasted our turkey using this recipe for about 5 years (if not longer). It has always turned out moist with a beautiful roasted breast! It’s fail proof!!
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  • lovelandsjcomc
    23 NOV, 2017
    I make this every year but for some reason forgot to reduce temp until it had cooked an extra 50 minutes at high temp. Not sure how to adjust time. I covered legs with more cheesecloth and temp is now down to 350 and may change to 325. How can I save this?
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    • oro.ocultado
      23 NOV, 2017
      Tent the high points of the turkey with foil - Tips of legs, ridges of legs, tip of breast, etc. this well keep them from overcooking as the body catches up. Monitor it and adjust, and it will come out well.
  • MS11622922
    16 NOV, 2017
    I love this delicious turkey recipe from Martha! I have been making my Thanksgiving turkey this way for at least 10 years and it always turns out great! I brine the turkey with Martha's recipe the day before. It takes a bottle of white wine, but gives the turkey an excellent flavor. I also use her Riesling gravy recipe made with her turkey stock recipe. My family and I always look forward to the fabulous flavors every Thanksgiving! I hope to pass this tradition on to my daughters and the granddaughters! Thanks Martha!
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    • kpsmith23
      22 NOV, 2017
      A 10-18 lb unstuffed turkey, according to Butterball, should be cooked at 325 degrees in a shallow pan for approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours, which is a pretty wide range of time, so I would watch it and test for doneness using the meat thermometer as directed above in Martha's recipe.
    • momtopom03
      20 NOV, 2017
      What are the cooking times for a 10-12 lb unstuffed turkey? I can't seem to find anywhere to ask this question.
  • duckanddi2104603
    22 NOV, 2017
    My family has been making this turkey for years but we also brine the turkey in addition to Martha's recipe. The combination of both make a perfect turkey!
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  • ShannonCarnevale
    24 NOV, 2014
    This came out perfectly when I made it last year but I had to substitute so many things I didn't feel right reviewing. THIS YEAR, I made it exactly like the recipe but for a twelve pound bird. I had to alter the times for the size turkey I was using but it was flawless. The turkey cooked evenly, browned beautifully, and had crisp skin with moist meat. The flavor was fabulous! One star left out because I feel it wastes at least 1/2 of the wine. Use two cups, you'll have plenty of liquid.
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    • momtopom03
      20 NOV, 2017
      What times did you use?
  • MS12329117
    8 OCT, 2017
    I have been making this recipe for years and it makes a super moist turkey that my friends and family love! Makes the perfect turkey every time. Thank you Martha!
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    • guisellerojas
      22 OCT, 2017
      Hi this is my first time cooking a turkey, if i do not stuff the turkey the cooking time is the same or less thank you i would like to do this recipe.
  • 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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