This was my first time making a Thanksgiving turkey, and while I was nervous- it turned out to be SO easy and tasted GREAT (very juicy).
I followed this recipe but made the following changes:
1. I added a couple carrots, an onion and celery around the turkey in the pan.
2. I also rubbed butter salt and pepper under the breast skin (this was easier to do then I thought it would be.)
3. I only covered the turkey (breast only) with aluminum foil until I had about 2 hours left, and then removed the foil from the breast.
The turkey came out PERFECT (looked golden brown evenly on whole turkey) and was also very juicy from basting every 30 minutes.
I had a 15 lb turkey and it took about 4 1/2 hours to cook. I used a meat thermometer.
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