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How to Cook the Perfect Turkey

Updated: Jan 22

With eight children, cooking big meals is something we do daily! We have an easy and delicious recipe that packs in all of the flavor and juiciness you expect from the perfect roasted turkey, with none of the stress!


Cooked Turkey

  • 1 Pasture Raised Organic Turkey 12-18 lbs

  • 1 Organic Onion, peeled and quartered

  • 1 Organic Lemon, quartered

  • 1 Organic Apple, quartered

  • 2 sprigs fresh Organic Thyme

  • 2 sprigs fresh Organic Thyme

  • 2 sprigs fresh Organic Sage

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pink Himalayan Salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly Organic Ground Black Pepper

  • 6-8 Organic Garlic Cloves, minced

  • 8 oz of Unsalted Grass Fed Butter, softened

Kerrygold Butter

Let me start by saying, that those who know good butter, know!

Now that's out of the way...

  1. Remove your turkey from the fridge 1 hour before roasting, to let it come to room temperature.

  2. Adjust your oven rack so the turkey will sit in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  3. Make the herb butter by combining room temperature butter, minced garlic, salt, pepper, one sprig of each of fresh chopped rosemary, thyme, and sage.

  4. Season the cavity of the turkey with salt and pepper. Stuff it with the quartered lemon, onion and apple and chopped sprigs of herbs.

  5. Use your fingers to loosen and lift the skin above the breasts (on the top of the turkey) and smooth about 4-5 tablespoons of the herb butter underneath.

  6. Tuck the wings of the turkey underneath the turkey and set the turkey on a roasting rack inside a roasting pane.

  7. Use a basting brush to brush the remaining herb butter all over the outside of the turkey, legs and wings.

  8. Roast at 325 degrees F for about 13-15 minutes per pound, or until internal temperature (inserted on middle of thigh and breast) reaches about 165 degrees.

  9. Check the turkey about halfway through cooking, and once the skin gets golden brown, cover the top of the turkey with tinfoil, to protect the breast meat from overcooking. Alternately, you could start cooking the turkey with it tented in foil, then during the last hour or so of cooking you can take the foil off to let the turkey brown.

  10. For best results, remove the turkey from the oven once it reaches 160 degrees. Then, tent it with foil, and let it rest on the counter. It will continue cooking under the foil, to reach 165 degrees F.

  11. Don't waste those drippings! Collect those turkey juices in a small pot and add 1-2 tablespoons Arrowroot Powder. This will thicken it up enough to make a lovely turkey gravy.

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