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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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Dec. 13, 2014 9:03 pm
hi, could someone tell me where i can find the recipe for the butter herb mixture, please!
Nov. 25, 2014 1:45 pm
I have used Chef John's recipe now for two years. I always come back and review the video - every year, just to remind myself of the process. My husband, who typically cannot stand turkey, LOVES this. Best bird he's ever had! Thank you, Chef John & AllRecipes! I add a good organic vegetable broth to the roasting pan in with the mirepoix, instead of the plain water. It adds a beautiful, rich sweetness to the meat during cooking and creates a flavorful stock for the leftover turkey soup later.
Nov. 13, 2014 8:42 pm
great solid recipe for a juicy turkey, however would be helpful to show the link to the herb butter recipe, or at least mention what kind of herbs you used. That you don't mention it is quite frustrating.
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!
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