Simple recipe on how to make an Easy Roasted Turkey with perfectly crispy skin and moist meat without a lot of fuss. Place this beautiful turkey on the dinner table to impress family and friends this holiday season.
Learn How To Make An Easy Roasted Turkey
I’m a bit of a roasted turkey snob because of my Mom. Her turkey is the best you’ll ever have and the way to do it couldn’t be easier: simply baste it with melted butter and white wine every 30 minutes. That’s it! The result is a perfectly roasted turkey every single time with the moistest meat and crispiest skin around.
Although, I’ll admit, sometimes I do sneak some fresh sage sprigs into the cavity of the turkey or a little rubbed sage in the wine/butter mixture. Love the flavor the earthy sage adds to the mild tasting meat. Please don’t tell Mom.
There are all sorts of opinions about how to roast a turkey and I can already hear the hootin’ and hollerin’ about how basting is totally unnecessary because the only way to a truly moist turkey is through brining. I love to brine poultry and do it a lot during the year, just not on Thanksgiving.
You see, the Thanksgiving tradition in my family is to baste and basting is what makes me happy, so I do it. Maybe it’s the hot liquid flowing over the slowly crisping skin. Maybe it’s the wonderful roasted turkey smell that fills the kitchen every time you open the oven door. I don’t really know why it comes out perfect, time and time again, but it does, and it feels like home.
Whether it’s for a holiday dinner or any other time of the year, hope you try this Easy Roasted Turkey recipe. If stuffing a turkey, chicken, and duck is more your thing, check out my recipe for Turducken stuffed with homemade cornbread sausage stuffing. This showstopper definitely takes more time to make, but it’s so worth it!
Don’t forget the cranberry sauce too!
- 1 (12-15 pound) all-natural whole turkey, cleaned and dried
- 1 stick of butter, melted
- 1 cup of good quality white wine
- Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
- Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in a shallow roasting pan. Combine the white wine and melted butter, pour over the turkey. Place the turkey in the preheated oven and let roast undisturbed for the first 1½ hours, then baste with the butter/wine pan juices every 30 minutes until turkey is fully cooked, about 3 to 3½ hours. Can add a little more wine to the pan if needed for basting juices and loosely tent the turkey with foil if it starts turning too brown.
- Turkey is done when a meat thermometer inserted into the inner thigh registers 165°F and the juices run clear. Remove the turkey from the oven and place on a cutting board. Allow to rest for 25-30 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute. In the meantime, make a tasty homemade gravy with the pan juices!