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Best Ever Baked Turkey

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Why I Love This Recipe

This is the most fantastic, moist turkey you will ever eat! I usually use about an 18 lb turkey …Just make sure to adjust baking time. (20 minutes per lb)

Ingredients You'll Need

Thawed Turkey
½ cup Sea Salt
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
10 or 12 cloves of Garlic
Ground Allspice
Poultry Seasoning


Soak THAWED Turkey in COLD water and ½ cup Sea Salt for 4 hrs. (Every hr or so I add ice to the water).

Then after soaking is finished pat the bird dry inside and out with a lint free cloth.

Place turkey in roasting pan and gently lift the skin and put BUTTER under the skin (I use a lot of butter) Then rub the outside of the skin and the cavity with Olive Oil.

Chop the garlic in a food processor with a bit of water added (about a ¼ of a cup)

Brush the chopped garlic and juice all over the outside and don’t forget the cavity.

Sprinkle the allspice and the poultry seasoning on the outside and the cavity of the Turkey. Don’t use too much …just a good sprinkling of both.

Now cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 ..20 minutes per lb is about normal.

If you intend to stuff the bird do so about the last hour.

I promise you will never cook turkey any other way! Enjoy!!

Questions, Comments & Reviews

used this recipe for my first turkey, and wow, like the heading said " best ever baked turkey". the only thing I did differently was that I squeezed an orange on top of the turkey to add flavor. YUMMY!

My brother and I followed this recipe for Thanksgiving, and it was the best turkey I've ever had! Thanks!

Hi Gia, I've read about brining a turkey first to get the best flavour! and it does work!! Thanks for the reminder. I usually soak over night. Fran

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