The World's Best Turkey


This recipe makes a deliciously moist turkey.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
1 (12 pound) turkey


  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

  • ½ cup butter, cubed

  • 2 apples, cored and halved

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • (750 milliliter) bottle Champagne


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Rinse turkey, and pat dry. Gently loosen turkey breast skin, and insert pieces of butter between the skin and breast. Place apples inside the turkey's cavity. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place turkey in a roasting bag, and pour Champagne over the inside and outside of the bird. Close bag, and place turkey in a roasting pan.

  3. Bake turkey 3 to 3 1/2 hours in the preheated oven, or until the internal temperature is 180 degrees F (85 degrees C) when measured in the meatiest part of the thigh. Remove turkey from bag, and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving.



Learn more about how to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving in our How to Cook a Turkey article!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

591 Calories
29g Fat
4g Carbs
68g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 591
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 214mg 71%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 68g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 734mg 16%

* 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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