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Dave's Famous Thanksgiving Turkey


"This is my brother's way of making a turkey, and it turns out perfect every single time! Takes a whole day, but the rave reviews are worth it! This turkey recipe assumes you will be stuffing the turkey."
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4 h 20 m servings 1078 cals
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Original recipe yields 15 servings (1 whole turkey)


  • Calories:
  • 1078 kcal
  • 54%
  • Fat:
  • 74.2 g
  • 114%
  • Carbs:
  • 1.7g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 96.1 g
  • 192%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 380 mg
  • 127%
  • Sodium:
  • 1026 mg
  • 41%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 320 degrees F (160 degrees C).
  2. Loosen skin over turkey breast and thighs with your fingers; insert 3 pats of butter under the skin over the breast and 1 pat under the skin of each thigh. Poke 10 holes into the turkey meat over the breast and thighs; press minced garlic into the holes. Loosely pack poultry seasoning herbs into the turkey cavity. Sprinkle the skin of the bird with garlic salt, seasoned salt, black pepper, and onion salt.
  3. Wrap turkey with slices of bacon, covering as much of the bird as possible. Place turkey into a roasting pan. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small saucepan and brush butter over the whole turkey including bacon slices. Cover turkey with a tent of aluminum foil.
  4. Roast the turkey in the preheated oven for 3 1/2 hours, basting with 1/2 cup melted butter every 30 minutes. Remove aluminum tent, baste turkey with pan drippings, and continue roasting until skin is browned and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh, not touching bone, reads at least 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), 30 to 45 more minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Use a package of fresh poultry seasoning from the herb section. If not available, dried is fine. Use 3 tablespoons.
  • Rule of thumb for this recipe is 20 minutes per pound.
  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the butter for basting. The actual amount of the butter consumed will vary.

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I made this recipe real close to how it's written, but I just did a turkey breast instead of the whole bird and I didn't have onion salt, so I used onion powder. I had issues with the bird not...

Stuffed the turkey with onion and the herbs, it waz great to add to the wild rice side, really juicy turkey, hubby loved the bacon!!!

Wonderful recipe. It was easy to follow and the turkey turned out perfect! Plus, the gravy had a nice smokey flavor due to the bacon. We will definitely be making it again.

Very good. Not sure 320 is right. Took longer than expected.

Can't go wrong with bacon! Turned out moist and flavorful!

I won't do a turkey any other way from now on!

Juicy, flavorful and freakin' tasty!!

Crowd pleaser! It was really impressive. The drippings are way greaser than turkey alone would be, so make sure to cut it with a lot of liquid when making gravy. I used an herb mix with lavender...