Seriously Tasty Turkey

A foolproof turkey recipe you can't screw up.

Seriously Tasty Turkey
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When you’re shopping, look for a bird labeled “pasture raised” and “organic,” because a turkey that’s been raised without hormones, steroids, or antibiotics—and hasn’t been injected with flavor-faking liquids—will taste better.

When you prep it, season it with simply salt and pepper, not a slathering of oil or butter. It’s important that the skin be completely dry when you put it in the oven.

Prep time

30 min.

Cook time

45 min.

  • 1 "pasture raised" or "organic" turkey (12 to 16 lbs)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 ̊.

Place turkey, breast-side down, on a rack in a large baking dish. Season liberally with salt and pepper.

Cover with foil, poke holes in foil, and roast for 45 minutes.

Turn breast-side up; roast until an instant-read thermometer registers 160°F in the breast and 170°F in the thigh. Let rest for 30 minutes.