This is by far the easiest best tasting Turkey you will ever make. If you mess this up I would love to find out how.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
3 hrs
additional:
30 mins
total:
4 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) Rinse the turkey inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Rub olive oil and salt all over the bird. Place the apple pieces inside of the cavity. Place the turkey breast side down in a large roasting pan.

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  • Roast for 3 hours in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and carefully turn the bird so the breast side is facing up. Return to the oven and cook until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh has reached 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Allow the turkey to rest for about 30 minutes before carving.

Tips

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

Nutrition Facts

807 calories; protein 91.5g; carbohydrates 1.6g; fat 45.3g; cholesterol 304.6mg; sodium 1454.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2010
I discovered this "trick" about 7 years ago and will never go back! It is the juiciest and best tasting bird you will ever have. Not to mention the easiest. No laboring over a hot oven basting the turkey over and over again. If I am not hosting, I am a bit pushy and insist on the host doing it this way. I have people calling me asking how they can get their turkey so moist. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/10/2012
It does get "ugly" from being turned over but it also is quite good. Putting fruit in chicken turkey is always good. I used 2T kosher salt 1T freshly ground black pepper 1T poultry seasoning & 1/2T sage. Put 1T in & the rest on. Read More
(5)
38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2010
I discovered this "trick" about 7 years ago and will never go back! It is the juiciest and best tasting bird you will ever have. Not to mention the easiest. No laboring over a hot oven basting the turkey over and over again. If I am not hosting, I am a bit pushy and insist on the host doing it this way. I have people calling me asking how they can get their turkey so moist. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/22/2008
I am rating this for the method of baking breast side down. I have my own method of seasoning that I use so I can't rate this on taste. I only cook "breast side down" for an hour to hour and a half as it keeps the breast looking nicer. I also put my seasonings in butter and place pieces of the seasoned butter on top of my stuffing so when it's upside down it's melting into the meat and my turkey always turns out moist and very flavorful. I also separate the skin on the breast and rub my butter mixed with seasonings underneath. I never use measurements but perhaps I will this year so I can post it on this site. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2009
I made this for Christmas 08. It was awesome. I added a secret ingrediant (about 10 ounes of caffeine free citris soda (7-up). I also cooked it in a turkey roaster instead of the oven. It was great and the gravy I made from the drippings was incredible! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2009
My turkey turned out great- very moist and not dry especially the breast meat. The real trick is to turn the bird over without tearing up the turkey or burning yourself. Be careful when you do that. I had a 14 lb bird and that is probably the largest I would do this way. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2011
I have been roasting my turkeys breast side down for years and it is the BEST way to deliver a very juicy moist bird. I do not tuen it half way through. I promise, you will have a wonderful turkey. Rub with olive oil, season inside and out with salt & pepper and roast at 20 minutes/lb at 325 uncovered till thigh temp reaches 165. (temp will rise to 170 while it stands). Just roast on a bed of carrot, onion, and celery and don't waste your time using a rack. Add 1/2cup water to the bottom of the roasting pan. When the tem hits 165 remove from the oven to a platter, cver with foil and let and stand for 15-20 minutes for the internal juices to redistribute. Remove the veggies from the roasting pan and set aside. Spoon off excess fat and use the pan juices to whisk up a wonderful pan gravy. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
The turkey was beautiful! I'm not sure why people say it looks ugly. It was very moist and flavorful. We did a few things might have helped keep it pretty: 1) We cooked for about 2.5 hrs before flipping 2) Turning was a two person process - one person used the handles of big spoons (inserted into both cavities sort of like a rotisserie) to hold the bird up and the other person flipped it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
Awesome! This was the first turkey I ever prepared I had a 9-10 punt bird and it worked really well and tasted exceptionally good. No additional seasoning I made it exactly as stated only that I covered it with a sheet of tin foil for a little while to avoid over-browning. I will be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2009
Amazing! I used this method for my first turkey - adding rosemary & basil. It was delicious and ugly - as promised! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2009
This was my 1st time making a turkey and it was perfect! Even my too-hot oven couldn't ruin it! I used stuffing not just an apple but otherwise followed the recipe and it was ugly and delicious! I'm not afraid to cook turkeys anymore! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/10/2012
It does get "ugly" from being turned over but it also is quite good. Putting fruit in chicken turkey is always good. I used 2T kosher salt 1T freshly ground black pepper 1T poultry seasoning & 1/2T sage. Put 1T in & the rest on. Read More
(5)
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