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How To Roast the Perfect Turkey

Marybeth Feutz
Cooking a turkey seems like a big job. But don't be afraid! You can roast the perfect turkey in under two hours, with just a little big of prep work!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main
Servings 8 -10 servings


  • 1 12-14 pound turkey thawed
  • 1 red apple sliced
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 6 leaves sage
  • 3 cups water
  • Canola oil


  • Brine the turkey overnight. Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse with cold water, and pat dry. Place the turkey on a roasting rack inside a pan.
  • Put the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, rosemary, and sage in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with water. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Using tongs, loosely place the apple, onion, cinnamon, rosemary, and sage in the turkey's cavity.
  • Tuck the wings under the turkey. Coat the skin with canola oil.
  • Fold a large sheet of aluminum foil into a triangle shape and press to fit the turkey breast. Coat the underneath of the triangle liberally with canola oil and set aside.
  • Roast turkey on the lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, put the triangle over the turkey breast, insert the meat thermometer, return the turkey to the oven, and lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook the turkey until the center part of the breast reaches 161 degrees F (1.5-2.5 hours total). Let rest for at least 15 minutes before carving.
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