I love roast turkey and I make it often, not just for Christmas and Thanksgiving. I think that people struggle with making a delicious whole roasted turkey. Because it is big, they are afraid of under cooking, and what to do with leftovers. Most turkeys that I have had are usually overcooked and under seasoned.
Leftover roast turkey is not just for sandwiches! I use my leftovers to make a turkey and potato stew, pilaf with turkey, creamy pasta alfredo, kale, canellini bean and turkey soup… I can go on and on! Here is my recipe for the perfect roast turkey.
First, I never stuff my turkey because a stuffed turkey take longer to cook and this can cause overcooking. I always make my stuffing separate.
One 12 lb turkey
1 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp Vegeta seasoning (or 1 Tbsp salt)
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp dried thyme
1/2 cup olive oil
- Place turkey in a large roasting pan.
- In a bowl, combine all spices and oil together and rub the mixture all over on the outside and inside of the cavity evenly.
- On the bottom of the pan, add 2 cups water, cover pan and roast on 350 for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, remove lid and roast for another 30 mins or until skin is crispy and golden.
What are your favourite side dishes to go along with a roast turkey?
For something a little different, you could try this Spaghetti Squash Gratin recipe.
My hope is that after reading this post, you will realize that roast turkey is a simple dish to make and that the infinite number of left over possibilities will help you create some every day meals for your family.