I’ve made this Roasted Turkey once before. Actually it was my first time ever making a turkey! It turned out far better than I expected. In fact, it was the best turkey I have ever had! It was moist, it was flavorful & it was uncomplicated. This wonderful recipe is not my creation. I found it on You Tube & it’s by Gordon Ramsey. I was a bit intimidated by my first attempt to make a turkey, but the video made me see it really wasn’t complicated at all.
- 3 Bay leaves
- 2 onions, halved
- 2 lemons
- Olive oil
- 1 frozen turkey
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 package bacon
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 cup of butter, room temperature
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- In a bowl, combine softened butter, a touch of salt & pepper, a generous drizzle of olive, zest & juice of 2 lemons, 3 cloves of pureed garlic & a generous handful of chopped parsley. Set aside.
- Salt & pepper inside cavity of the turkey. Place lemons, bay leaves & the 2 halved onions inside the turkey.
- Very carefully slide your fingers under the skin of the turkey & begin to pull & loosen the skin of the turkey, taking caution not to cause a tear in the skin.
- Begin adding flavored butter underneath the skin, gently rolling & pushing the butter evenly across the turkey. This flavors the turkey & keeps it moist.
- Gently rub any remaining butter over the top of the turkey. Give the turkey a generous drizzle of olive oil. This keeps the turkey nice & crispy & keeps the butter from burning.
- Put the turkey in the oven to brown for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, take the turkey out & cover it with bacon. The bacon adds flavor & keeps it from drying out.
- Turn the oven down to 350 F & roast for 2 – 2 1/2 hours. It’s always good to check recommended cooking times based on the size of your turkey.
- Make sure to baste the turkey every 20 minutes to keep it moist & flavorful.
- Let the turkey rest for 1 hour before craving. Letting the turkey rest also seals in moisture & flavor.