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Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way Recipe
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Homestyle Turkey the Michigander Way
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Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way

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"A simple, down to basics recipe when it comes to the good old tom turkey. Originally submitted to"

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse and wash turkey. Discard the giblets or you can add these to pan if these are anyone's favorites.
  2. Place turkey in a Dutch oven or roasting pan. Separate the skin over the breast to make little pockets. Put 3 tablespoons of the butter on both sides between the skin and breast meat. This makes for very juicy breast meat.
  3. Combine the water with the bouillon, and sprinkle in the parsley flakes and minced onion. Pour over the top of the turkey. Sprinkle seasoning salt over the turkey.
  4. Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 4 to 5 hours. For the last 45 minutes or so, remove the foil so the turkey will brown nicely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 15, 2005

OK, I know everyone's written about this recipe, but I just have to say that we NEVER eat turkey. I made this for Christmas last year (I was in a "traditional" mode) It literally fell off the bone. It was incredible. We devoured it. NOTHING LEFT. Since then, we've made it several times. Each time - amazing results. I have referred many people to this recipe. It's worth it's weight in gold!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 13, 2010

I cooked this turkey per the instructions and it was sooo dry....bummer


237 Ratings

Dec 04, 2007

I first reviewed this on Nov. 20 but after reprinting it since I lost mine went through the reviews again and decided to update since I seen some had some issues with it being dry and not browning. I used a 23 pound turkey and replaced the water with chicken broth. I used the same amount of butter for the pockets, rubbed it with olive oil and I took the foil off the last hour so it could brown. I also let the turkey rest covered with foil for 30 minutes before carving so the juices would flow back throughout the turkey. After transferring the carved pieces to the platter there was still juices left on the platter after the turkey was all gone. That's how juicy the turkey turned out to be. Nov. 20th review: This makes the best turkey, moist, tender, delish. I found this recipe last Thanksgiving and use it to cook turkey year round. I do add quite a bit more chicken stock (personal preference) and make gravy with the drippings. Yummy

Dec 26, 2005

Wow, easy and great! And moist! Last year I made "Perfect Turkey" from this site, which required both brining and turning over during cooking. Don't bother with either! Make this much-easier and just-as-good turkey instead! The only changes I made were to put the turkey on a bed of onion, celery & carrot chunks, and to stuff a few pieces of the above plus a chopped apple into the cavity. None of these veggies are eaten, but they give the turkey and juices a great flavor. Don't use the cooking times in the recipe as my 20-lb bird took only 4 hours. (Also note that in ingredient list, "broth" is supposed to read "bouillon.")

Nov 08, 2008

I would give this recipe 10 stars if I could! I was raised a half mile from Cornwell's turkey farm outside of Marshall Michigan. I can tell you that this is the closest you will get to their "secret recipe" from their restaurant. The only difference is they soak their fresh turkey in a salt brine (2 cups salt, cover turkey with water - soak over night) before they cook them. Use home made or commercial turkey or chicken broth instead of the bullion and water, fresh chopped onion and fresh parsley in pace of the dried also. Out of this world!

Nov 25, 2007

This was a fantastic turkey....I did change a few ingredients. Instead of warm water I used half chicken broth and half apple cider. I also reduced the butter I put under the skin. This was a great juicy tasty turkey. And the gravy I made with the drippings was one of the best I ever made. Oh my bird was 13 pounds and it was done in just over 3 hours. Five stars with my changes....thanksRobin!

Nov 28, 2005

Wow! Thanks for posting Robin! I'm so glad that I decided to try this procedure for roasting turkey! I used 1 Tbls. Better than Bouillon Turkey Base in lieu of the chicken 'broth' (assumed that Robin meant bouillon/base since it was only 3 Tbls.) and only used 2 cups water, but ended up with almost 1 quart of fabulously flavored stock when the liquid was poured off, strained and defatted! Easiest, tastiest gravy base ever! I also cut back on the butter, using only 4 Tbls. I used my oval roaster and simply put the lid on it instead of covering it with foil... the 14 lb. bird I made was done to perfection in 3 hours! Since my turkey was done quicker than I had figured, I didn't get that '45 minute window' to remove the foil to let the turkey brown. I ended up turning on the broiler and returning the bird to the oven, after pouring off the liquid, to add color to the skin.. @8 minutes worked great!

Apr 02, 2007

I love, love, love my turkey this way. I don't do the buillion, but use 4 cups of chicken broth instead. The last time I made this, I accidently did 3 tblsp of the onion, parsley, and season salt, but it still turned out great. I usually line my roaster with foil, put all the ingredients on the turkey, wrap it tight, and slow roast on 250 for about 7 to 8 hours (don't even touch it). Yummy stuff!!!!


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  • Calories
  • 548 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 210 mg
  • 70%
  • Fat
  • 28.1 g
  • 43%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 68.3 g
  • 137%
  • Sodium
  • 753 mg
  • 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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