Easy Roasted Turkey Recipe

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  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Working on a baking sheet, remove the giblets and neck from the cavity. Reserve the neck and discard the giblets. Using a paper towel, pat the turkey dry of juices. Stuff with the thyme and half the onions.
  2. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine. Tuck the wing tips underneath the body (this will prevent them from burning).
  3. Rub the turkey all over with the butter and season with 1 teaspoon salt, making sure to reach the crevices of the legs and wings. Be careful not to tear the delicate skin.
  4. Place the turkey neck, carrots, celery, and remaining onions in a large flameproof roasting pan. Put a roasting rack in the pan and place the turkey on top of it.
  5. Roast the turkey, basting every 30 minutes with the pan juices. (Basting will not make the meat moister, but it will produce an evenly browned skin.)
  6. If the turkey begins to darken and there is still a substantial amount of cooking time left, tent it loosely with foil. If the vegetables begin to scorch, add some broth to the pan.
  7. Continue roasting until the thickest part of a thigh registers 165° F, 21/2 to 3 hours. Tilt the turkey to empty the juices into the pan. Transfer the turkey to a carving board, tent with foil, and let rest for at least 25 minutes. Reserve the pan and its contents for Basic Gravy.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 866.37 Kcal (3627 kJ)
Calories from fat 151.02 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.78g 26%
Cholesterol 368.17mg 123%
Sodium 4645.91mg 194%
Potassium 2606.1mg 55%
Total Carbs 45.6g 15%
Sugars 2.18g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1.33g 5%
Protein 123.67g 247%
Vitamin C 3.3mg 6%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 6%
Iron 13.6mg 76%
Calcium 26.6mg 3%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 112.14 Kcal (470 kJ)
Calories from fat 19.55 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.17g 26%
Cholesterol 47.66mg 123%
Sodium 601.37mg 194%
Potassium 337.34mg 55%
Total Carbs 5.9g 15%
Sugars 0.28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0.17g 5%
Protein 16.01g 247%
Vitamin C 0.4mg 6%
Iron 1.8mg 76%
Calcium 3.4mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 18.5
  • 20

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • sugar free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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