Beth’s Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe


Well it’s almost here; the air is getting crisp, the leaves are falling and my husband is bugging me every five minutes with the what’s for Thanksgiving questions.

It took me several tries to perfect my turkey. I never did like stuffing the turkey. I always preferred to have my stuffing separate from the turkey’s rear end. I tried some of the more expensive recipes with white wine mixed in and I did not like any of them. I love eating the skin and wanted to make the skin and the meat taste just as good and most importantly make sure my turkey did not come out dry. Last year I finally made the ultimate turkey. Just a simple recipe and nothing more.

No extravagant, ten hour, taking recipe, just a simple, easy and fast recipe. So easy a guy could do it. No offense guys. Below you’ll find the recipe. Maybe its for you and maybe its not but for my family it’s been a hit and I think that I’d be fired as cook if I didn’t fix this Turkey every year for Thanksgiving.

1 turkey (the poundage is up to you and what size turkey you have and how big a family you have)

1 to 2 sticks of butter (again depending on how big the turkey is)

1 tablespoon of garlic chopped

Salt and pepper (you use this as freely as you want on the outside of the skin. Also save some to put in with the butter


Onion powder

Garlic powder

Take you turkey and clean it well, pat dry. Put in a extra large baking dish. Make sure that there is plenty of room for the juices from the turkey to be caught in. Take a knife and gently loosen the skin around the breast and wherever you can get a good slice in. Make sure you can get two fingers in the slit. Wash your hands well and in a mixing bowl combine butter, chopped garlic and salt, pepper. Mix until creamy. Take a butter knife or your fingers and pull back the skin of the turkey gently.

Stuff the turkey skin with the butter mixture, massaging the butter mixture throughout the turkey. With the remaining butter rub the turkey down around the outside. Sprinkle onion powder, garlic powder and salt and pepper to the outside skin until covered how you desire. Cut an onion in half and place both halves within the turkey cavity. Wrap turkey in aluminum foil and bake at 400 degrees for 3 to 4 hours, depending on the size of your turkey.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe as I and my family have. May you have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

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