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    Roasted Turkey Recipe

    Roasted Turkey Recipe

    Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving without a golden roasted turkey at the center of the Thanksgiving dinner table. For the past couple of years, I have taken charge of roasting the turkey for my family. Last year I discovered that I could slow roast the Thanksgiving turkey using the convection setting on my oven set at a lower temperature for the same amount time as using the regular oven setting at a higher temperature. At the lower temperature, my turkey came out moister and juicier and so much more flavorful. If you have a convection oven and want to slow roast your turkey this Thanksgiving, I highly recommend the following roasted turkey recipe that I perfected during the last holiday season.


    • 1 large turkey
    • 2 sticks of butter
    • 1 bottle of Heineken beer
    • 1 teaspoon of salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
    • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
    • 2 tablespoons of minced green onion
    • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic cloves


    1. Preheat the oven to 375º.
    2. Soften one stick of butter.
    3. Combine the softened butter with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, green onion, and garlic.
    4. Rinse and dry the turkey.
    5. Place the turkey in a roasting pan.
    6. Rub the butter mixture over the skin of the entire turkey.
    7. Pour the bottle of beer inside the turkey.
    8. Place the second stick of butter inside the turkey.
    9. Roast for 18 minutes per pound or until the internal temperature reaches 165º. Baste occasionally to prevent the turkey from drying out.
    10. Allow the roasted turkey to rest for 20 minutes before carving.
    11. Store any uneaten roasted turkey in the refrigerator.

    Turkey is always the centerpiece of my Thanksgiving menu planning. While cooking the turkey last year, I discovered that I could slow roast the bird at a lower temperature using the convection setting on my oven. With the convection setting, I roasted my turkey for the regular amount of time but ended up with a juicier and more flavorful bird. Even if you do not have a convection oven, try roasting your holiday turkey for longer but at a lower temperature. Your taste buds will not be disappointed. Happy Turkey Day!

    Thawed Turkey Rinsing the Turkey

    Turkey in Roasting Pan Removing the Giblets

    Melted Butter Chopping the Seasoning

    Butter with Seasonings Butter and Seasonings with Green Onions and Parsley

    Buttering the Turkey Skin Tenting the Turkey

    Roasting the Turkey Roasted Turkey

    Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey


    The First-Timer's Guide to Roasting a Turkey

    Image Credits

    Thanksgiving Turkey © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Thawed Turkey © 2011 Heather Johnson
    Rinsing the Turkey © 2011 Heather Johnson
    Turkey in Roasting Pan © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Removing the Giblets © 2011 Heather Johnson
    Melted Butter © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Chopping the Seasoning © 2011 Heather Johnson
    Butter with Seasonings © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Butter and Seasonings with Green Onions and Parsley © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Buttering the Turkey Skin © 2011 Heather Johnson
    Tenting the Turkey © 2011 Heather Johnson
    Roasting the Turkey © 2011 Heather Johnson
    Roasted Turkey © 2011 Heather Johnson
    Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey © 2012 Heather Johnson
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