How to Cook the Perfect Turkey?

Thanksgiving day is just around the corner, but don’t worry! With this simple recipe, you will prepare the best Thanksgiving turkey ever! You will need pre-preparation of 12 hours, then around 30 minutes to prepare it plus 4 hours to cook. Delicious and good looking, your family and friends will love the meal. Here is the recipe:


  • 1 whole turkey (18 pounds), giblets and neck removed
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig thyme, fresh
  • 1 ¼ cup dry white wine



  • Use the salt to rub the bird inside and out. Apply the turkey to a large stockpot and then cover it with cold water. Refrigerate so the meat can soak in the salt and water mixture for 12 hours (ideally overnight).
  • When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350°F /180°C /Gas Mark 4. Thoroughly rinse the bird, and discard the mixture.
  • Next, brush the meat with the melted butter and apply breast side down on a roasting rack in a roasting pan. Then, stuff the bird cavity with ½ the carrots, ½ the celery, ½ the onions, the bay leaf, and the spring thyme. Scatter the rest of the vegetables around the bottom of the roasting pan. To finish, cover with the wine.
  • Roast the turkey uncovered for 3 ½ – 4 hours in the oven, or until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 85°C/180 °F.
  • Then, around 2/3 through the roasting time, carefully turn the bird breast side up and brush with the remaining butter. Let the bird stand around 30 minutes before carving.



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