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Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way

"A simple, down to basics recipe when it comes to the good old tom turkey. Originally submitted to"
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servings 548 cals
Original recipe yields 16 servings

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse and wash turkey. Discard the giblets or you can add these to pan if these 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. Combine the water with the bouillon, and sprinkle in the parsley flakes and minced onion. Pour over the top of the turkey. Sprinkle seasoning salt over the turkey.
  4. Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 4 to 5 hours. For the last 45 minutes or so, remove the foil so the turkey will brown nicely.


  • Partner tip: Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 548 calories; 28.1 g fat; 1 g carbohydrates; 68.3 g protein; 210 mg cholesterol; 753 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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OK, I know everyone's written about this recipe, but I just have to say that we NEVER eat turkey. I made this for Christmas last year (I was in a "traditional" mode) It literally fell off the bo...

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I cooked this turkey per the instructions and it was sooo dry....bummer

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OK, I know everyone's written about this recipe, but I just have to say that we NEVER eat turkey. I made this for Christmas last year (I was in a "traditional" mode) It literally fell off the bo...

I first reviewed this on Nov. 20 but after reprinting it since I lost mine went through the reviews again and decided to update since I seen some had some issues with it being dry and not browni...

Wow, easy and great! And moist! Last year I made "Perfect Turkey" from this site, which required both brining and turning over during cooking. Don't bother with either! Make this much-easier and...

I would give this recipe 10 stars if I could! I was raised a half mile from Cornwell's turkey farm outside of Marshall Michigan. I can tell you that this is the closest you will get to their "...

This was a fantastic turkey....I did change a few ingredients. Instead of warm water I used half chicken broth and half apple cider. I also reduced the butter I put under the skin. This was a...

Wow! Thanks for posting Robin! I'm so glad that I decided to try this procedure for roasting turkey! I used 1 Tbls. Better than Bouillon Turkey Base in lieu of the chicken 'broth' (assumed that ...

I love, love, love my turkey this way. I don't do the buillion, but use 4 cups of chicken broth instead. The last time I made this, I accidently did 3 tblsp of the onion, parsley, and season s...

I love making this turkey because it is so incredibly easy! I have made it for big groups on more than one occasion and it has gone over very well! One guy even said it was better than his mothe...

I've been making this recipe since I first had to make thanksgiving dinner on my own when I lived in Germany almost 10 years ago. I went with this one becaue of the reviews and becaue I lived i...