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Video: How to Prep and Roast Turkey

Watch a very simple method for prepping and roasting turkey.

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In this video, Chef John shows you how to prepare and roast a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll see how to prep the turkey with a mix of seasonings and stuff it with aromatic herbs, and you’ll learn a simple trick to prevent the turkey’s wings from burning. Then you’ll see a terrific method for loosening the turkey’s skin so you can slip flavored herb butter underneath. You’ll see how to keep the bird from getting too dark too quickly and discover a trick for getting extra juices for the gravy. Get Chef John’s recipe for the perfect roast turkey. This is a classic addition to your Thanksgiving dinner menu. Now watch Chef John make gravy from his roast turkey >>

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Nov. 25, 2012 6:58 am
loved this video try'd my Turkey this way & WOw very inpressed...My Turkey came out so good thanks my whole thanksgiving Dinner came out better this year than any other years past
Nov. 24, 2012 9:31 am
CindyKay and all that wanted recipes and ratios ... Thanks! I was out of town so I am cooking ours today. HTH!
Nov. 23, 2012 5:49 pm
Thank You!! I was so nervous about making my first Thanksgiving turkey... and thanks to this video and recipe it came out better than ever! I did not use the rosemary or sage, and it still turned out delicious! very moist!
Nov. 22, 2012 5:57 pm
AWESOME!!! Thank you Chef John!!! I didn't have time to brine a turkey & I knew there must be a way to make it easier than all that. I did it exactly the way your did, except I didn't have any sage, so I used fresh Thyme. And I can't believe I can make gray because of you. YOU ROCK!!!
Nov. 22, 2012 4:44 pm
Thank You Chef John! Putting the seasoned butter under the skin made my Turkey the best ever!!!!!!!!!! Very Moist!!!!
Nov. 22, 2012 1:13 am
This is the perfect recipe especially when you have to feed 50 hungry people on an oil rig. Turkey times 3 today. Thanks Chef John.
Nov. 18, 2012 4:04 pm
I always put a butter herb mixture under the skin for extra flavor. I don't generally cover the breasts with foil - but, that is a great tip because I always get concerned it is going to get too dark. Thanks, Chef John!
Maria Fawcett 
Nov. 17, 2012 10:06 pm
This is a very cool way to prepare turkey I am always looking for a new way to do my turkey. And this one appears to be a no fail way to do it.
Nov. 17, 2012 2:41 pm
Hello all, Chef John's video blog, which has both videos along with the ingredients, can be found here:


Nov. 17, 2012 11:09 am
I am not finding the herb butter recipe on the given blog link. Where else can I look?
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