Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way


A simple, down to basics recipe when it comes to the good old tom turkey.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 10 mins
1 (12 pound) turkey


  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey

  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 4 cups warm water

  • 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley

  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion

  • 2 tablespoons seasoning salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse and wash turkey. Discard the giblets, or add to pan if they are anyone's favorites.

  2. Place turkey in a Dutch oven or roasting pan. Separate the skin over the breast to make little pockets. Put 3 tablespoons of the butter on both sides between the skin and breast meat. This makes for very juicy breast meat.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine the water with the bouillon. Sprinkle in the parsley and minced onion. Pour over the top of the turkey. Sprinkle seasoning salt over the turkey.

  4. Cover with foil, and bake in the preheated oven 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). For the last 45 minutes or so, remove the foil so the turkey will brown nicely.

    roasted turkey on a rack

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

545 Calories
28g Fat
1g Carbs
68g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 545
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 210mg 70%
Sodium 560mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 68g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 701mg 15%

* 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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