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How to Prep and Roast Turkey

In this video, Chef John shows you how to prepare and roast a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll see how to prep the turkey with a mix of seasonings and stuff it with aromatic herbs, and you’ll learn a simple trick to prevent the turkey’s wings from burning. Then you’ll see a terrific method for loosening the turkey’s skin so you can slip flavored herb butter underneath. You’ll see how to keep the bird from getting too dark too quickly and discover a trick for getting extra juices for the gravy. Get Chef John’s recipe for the perfect roast turkey. This is a classic addition to your Thanksgiving dinner menu. Now watch Chef John make gravy from his roast turkey >>

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  • amateurfoodie

hi, could someone tell me where i can find the recipe for the butter herb mixture, please!

  • Pandora Rose

I have used Chef John's recipe now for two years. I always come back and review the video - every year, just to remind myself of the process. My husband, who typically cannot stand turkey, LOVES this. Best bird he's ever had! Thank you, Chef John & AllRecipes! I add a good organic vegetable broth to the roasting pan in with the mirepoix, instead of the plain water. It adds a beautiful, rich sweetness to the meat during cooking and creates a flavorful stock for the leftover turkey soup later.

  • preparedtraditions

great solid recipe for a juicy turkey, however would be helpful to show the link to the herb butter recipe, or at least mention what kind of herbs you used. That you don't mention it is quite frustrating.