Best Roast Turkey Recipe
Roasting a wild turkey can be an absolute game-changer if done right. Here’s a recipe that brings out the best flavors while keeping the meat tender and juicy:
- 1 wild turkey (preferably plucked and cleaned)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 cups chicken broth
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).
- In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, minced garlic, chopped rosemary, and thyme. This flavorful herb butter will be your turkey’s best friend.
- Season the turkey generously with salt and pepper, both inside and out. Don’t be shy with the seasoning; it helps to enhance the natural flavors of the meat.
- Gently lift the skin of the turkey and rub some of the herb butter mixture underneath. This adds moisture and flavor directly to the meat.
- Stuff the cavity of the turkey with lemon slices, onion slices, celery, and carrots. These aromatics will infuse the meat with amazing flavor as it roasts.
- Truss the turkey with kitchen twine to help it cook evenly and maintain its shape during roasting.
- Place the turkey in a roasting pan and pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the pan. The broth will keep the meat moist and flavorful throughout the cooking process.
- Brush the remaining herb butter mixture all over the outside of the turkey, ensuring it’s evenly coated.
- Cover the turkey loosely with aluminum foil and roast in the preheated oven for about 3 to 4 hours, depending on the size of the bird. Baste the turkey with pan juices every hour to keep it moist and flavorful.
- About 30 minutes before the turkey is done, remove the foil to allow the skin to crisp up and turn golden brown.
- Once the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh, it’s ready to come out of the oven. Let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.
- Carve the turkey and serve with your favorite side dishes. Enjoy the succulent and flavorful meat of your perfectly roasted wild turkey!
Remember, cooking times may vary depending on the size of the turkey and your oven, so it’s always a good idea to use a meat thermometer to ensure it’s cooked to perfection. And don’t forget to save those leftover bones for making a delicious turkey stock or soup!