Super Simple Roast Turkey


It is funny to me how so many people are intimidated to roast a turkey. I came up with this recipe in college and it is alway a hit. I host thanksgiving every year and always do it that same. Feel free to use the same recipe for a fun week night chicken.

Ingredients:

1 Turkey (Breast or Whole)

2 Carrots Cut into Chunks

2 Celery Stalk Cut into Chunks

2 Oranges

1 Lemon

2 Onions

1 Garlic Head

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

Salt

Pepper

Paprika

Sage, Thyme and Rosemary *Optional

Prepare your turkey, rinse and dry it. Place into roasting pan with pieces of carrot and celery at the bottom, the vegetables will help make a super flavorful gravy. Slice and peel lemon, orange, onion and garlic and place into a large bowl. Now you need to place about half of all the slices under the turkey skin. I start by making small cuts in the skin all over the bird including the legs, thighs, breast and so on. Then just insert all different pieces of the fruit, onion and garlic all over. I try to put one piece of each in every section of the bird. This will really keep the meat moist and add a lot a flavor. Take the remaining pieces of everything and stuff inside the bird. Pour oil all over bird coating all the skin. Then sprinkle all the seasoning all over the skin and rub it all in. Cover the bird with foil and bake covered at 325 degrees for about 3 hours depending on the size. I leave it covered for about two hours and then uncover it for the last 45 minutes to an hour and also baste it every 40 minutes. The best rule of thumb is an internal temp of 160.

When turkey is done, remove and let it sit covered with foil for 30 minutes before cutting.

For a gravy, put all the drippings in a pot. Add corn starch and a splash of red wine. Cook down and stir until gravy becomes thick and bubble.

Enjoy.

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