Classic Roast Turkey

Classic Roast Turkey Recipe
Photo: Mikkel Vang

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Other: 3 Hours, 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 574
Caloriesfromfat 49 %
Fat 31 g
Satfat 8 g
Cholesterol 229 mg
Sodium 365 mg
Carbohydrate 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 68 g


1 12- to 14-pound turkey, giblets removed
3 sprigs rosemary
1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley
Kitchen string (optional)
4 small carrots, cut into quarters lengthwise
2 stalks celery, cut into 3-inch-long strips
2 medium yellow onions, cut into wedges
6 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth


Heat oven to 425° F.

Pat the turkey dry with paper towels. Place the wings underneath the body. Place the rosemary and parsley in the cavity. If you like a tidy-looking bird, tie the drumsticks together using the kitchen string.

Place the carrots, celery, and onions in a metal roasting pan. Transfer the turkey to a wire rack and place it on top of the vegetables. Drizzle the skin with the oil and, using your fingers, spread it on evenly. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Roast the turkey uncovered until browned, 30 to 45 minutes.

Add the broth to the pan. Cover the turkey loosely with foil. Reduce oven temperature to 350° F. Roast until a thermometer inserted in a thigh registers 165° F, about 2 hours. Let the turkey rest for at least 30 minutes before carving. Reserve the pan drippings and vegetables for the gravy.


Sara Quessenberry,

Real Simple

November 2007
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