"Fabulously moist. Works every time. And, yes, it really is a two-hour turkey! The trick is to use heavy duty, large size aluminum foil and then seal turkey in the foil completely. My new inlaws thought I was crazy when they arrived at our home to a cold, raw turkey one Thanksgiving. But they are believers now." — merritt_family
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The flavor of this turkey is INCREDIBLE. I just skimmed the pan drippings and thickened them, and it made the best gravy we've ever had. My husband has requested that this be the only way we make turkey in the future. To be fair, you probably need to allow a bit more than two hours to cook the turkey. My 13-lb turkey took about 2.5 hours, and that was after I re-sealed the foil and cranked the oven up to 500 for the last 20 minutes of cooking. It worked, but not in the time specified.
I should have known better then to think this turkey could have cooked in 2 hrs! After 4 1/2 hrs and it still wasn't done I took it out and cut off the breast meat so we could eat! I'm so glad I wasn't cooking for my parents or In-laws!
The best turkey I have ever cooked!!!! My turkey was 12 lbs (as the recipe calls for) and it cooked perfectly with 2 hours oven time! Couldn't be easier! I will never make it any other way!!!! Even if I do have to allow extra time for a bigger bird...
Wonderful. I had a 20 pound turkey so I doubled the recipe. Amazingly it cooked in under 4 hours. The turkey is so moist and has amazing flavor. I did make a few changes because of what we had on hand. We did not have fresh parsley so I used fresh thyme, and the leafy part of celery. Other then that all was the same. Love this recipe and will likely make my turkeys like this again. LOVE IT.
This is a fabulous recipe. I had a 13-lb turkey and it was done in about 2 hours. The white meat was extremely moist and the drippings made a very flavorful gravy. After the first hour, when I removed the foil, I did have to add more broth to the pan. And I am allergic to tomatoes so I skipped adding the tomato juice. Otherwise, I followed the recipe and was very, very pleased. I will definitely use this recipe again.
This was the most flavorful and moist turkey I have ever made. Served for Christmas eve the family all raved about it. I did leave out the tomato juice as I don't like it and I added about 15 more minutes to both processes so and extra 30 minutes total for a larger turkey. I do cook my turkeys breast down and when I turned it over my husband said what is the matter with this turkey is it cooked? I told him the brown part was on the back so if you want a brown breast cook it breast up. I will always use this recipe to cook a turkey just wonderful.
Yes, like other reviews have said, it really needed approximately 2.5-3 hours to cook, but this turkey was the most tender, delicate of my cooking life. Caveats include: the gravy made from juices in the turkey was FAR too sweet, what with all the fruit juices, so plan ahead and have turkey stock on hand. Loved this recipe. Browned up like something on the cover of a magazine. Lovely.
Was skeptical but my needed to cook a 10 lb bird quickly since I also wanted to brine. DId a quick 4 hour brine (double the kosher salt) and cooked for two hours in the oven, did not reduce temp, It was great. As good as my more long and involved Martha brine/cook recipe. Will definitely do again.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Merritt Family Two Hour Turkey
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 758
** Calories from Fat: 295
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