The idea of removing pesky bones before your bird makes its grand Thanksgiving entrance is worth considering. Not only do you get an impressive looking roast to wow the table, but carving is significantly easier. If you're worried about losing flavor, don't. This tastes virtually identical. Stuff with your favorite stuffing.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 50 mins
total:
2 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 servings
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

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  • Place turkey, skin-side down, on a work surface and arrange meat with your hands into a flat, even surface. Season with salt and black pepper. Press stuffing all over the surface of the meat.

  • Fold long edges of turkey around stuffing into the center of the bird and carefully turn turkey seam-side down. Tie the leg-end of the turkey with kitchen twine to cinch the turkey together. Repeat ties at 2-inch intervals along the length of the turkey, ending with a single tie along the length of the turkey. Season with salt and place in a large roasting pan.

  • Roast turkey in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the turkey reads 155 degrees F (68 degrees C), about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer turkey to a platter; remove and discard twine. Let rest until internal temperature increases to 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 20 minutes.

  • Place roasting pan over medium-high heat and stir cream into pan drippings. Cook and stir until sauce thickens and reduces, 3 to 7 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh sieve into a gravy boat or bowl. Slice turkey crosswise and top slices with gravy.

Cook's Notes:

My turkey was about 15 pounds, but this will work on any size bird.

I wanted to try salt only on the outside, without butter or oil, just to see what would happen, but nothing did. So, feel free to slather on butter.

Editor's Note:

To see Chef John's technique for removing the bones from the turkey, watch his Boneless Whole Turkey video.

Nutrition Facts

567 calories; protein 69.8g; carbohydrates 6.6g; fat 26.9g; cholesterol 202.8mg; sodium 349.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2019
2019 is the 3rd year I've made this recipe and it's a big hit with the fam. Thanks Chef John you made it so I can enjoy T-Day again. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2019
2019 is the 3rd year I've made this recipe and it's a big hit with the fam. Thanks Chef John you made it so I can enjoy T-Day again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2015
The deboning process took about half an hour but will go quicker next time. The flavor is fine but this is all about the presentation so save this for when you have guests you want to impress. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2014
I tried this recipe on a chicken first before the Christmas party that I'm hosting for my in - laws. The technique is complicated for us beginners but achievable. I'm giving 4 stars because it is a lot of work. The presentation made this recipe ok. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2017
Though it took some time to de-bone the turkey it was worth it. The entire turkey roast was moist and the after dinner clean up was a snap. I used the carcass to make turkey broth using Chef John s Chicken broth recipe. Tomorrow I will use some of the broth and leftover turkey to make Chef John s Tom Kha Gai. I LOVE his recipes! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2020
My local butcher removed the bones expertly and left the bird beautifully intact. This is the first time I’ve done turkey this way, so hopefully it turns out well for Christmas dinner. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2019
Second time I am making it. Comes out wonderful and delicious. Love the fact that I can have it all prepared the day before I cook it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2019
Love this boneless turkey. It is always a hit at my family dinner. I have been making it for years. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2016
Very impressive. A lot of work must be patient. Kept returning to the video. I will try it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2019
I will definitely make it again it was so tender Read More
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