Roasted Turkey

  • PrepTime: 30 Mins
  • CookTime: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • TotalTime: 4 Hrs


  1. For the Turkey:
  2. 1 whole turkey (12 to 15 pounds, fully thawed)
  3. Kosher salt
  4. Black pepper (freshly ground)
  5. 1 carrot (cut into 3 pieces)
  6. 2 ribs celery (cut into large pieces)
  7. 1 onion (quartered)
  8. 1 sprig fresh rosemary (plus 1 teaspoon, chopped)
  9. 1 sprig fresh thyme (plus 1 teaspoon, chopped)
  10. 1 sprig fresh sage (plus 1 tablespoon, chopped)
  11. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus more for the gravy, as needed)
  12. For the Gravy:
  13. Pan drippings
  14. 2 to 3 cups low-sodium chicken stock (or turkey stock)
  15. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  16. Kosher salt
  17. Black pepper (freshly ground)


  1. Gather the ingredients. Place a rack in a large roasting pan and preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Remove the thawed turkey from its packaging and pat dry with paper towels. Remove the innards and discard them or use them to make homemade stock. Place the turkey on the rack in the roasting pan and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Rub the inside of the cavity with salt and add the carrot, celery, onion, and sprigs of herbs. Tuck the wings under the bird and tie the drumsticks together with kitchen twine.
  3. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the fresh chopped herbs and bring to a simmer.
  4. Brush the turkey with the butter and herb mixture. Place in the oven and roast for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Place a foil tent over the turkey and continue to roast for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours longer, basting every 20 to 30 minutes. The turkey should register about 156 F to 160 F in the breast meat and about 170 in the thigh (make sure the thermometer is in the thickest part of the meat and is not touching bone).
  5. Remove the turkey to a platter and let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. While the turkey rests, prepare the gravy. Pour the pan drippings into a gravy separator and let stand for 2 minutes, until the fat rises to the top. Pour the broth into a cup or bowl, leaving the fat in the separator. Set the defatted broth aside and measure 1/2 cup of fat. If you don't have 1/2 cup of fat, add butter to make 1/2 cup. Pour the fat into a saucepan and place it over medium-low heat.
  7. Add the flour to the hot fat and cook the roux, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes.
  8. Whisk in the reserved defatted broth along with 2 cups of chicken stock. Continue to cook, constantly whisking, until the gravy is thickened. Add more stock to thin the gravy, as desired. Taste the gravy and add salt and pepper, as needed.
  9. Strain the gravy, if desired, and pour it into a gravy boat or serving bowl. Serve the gravy with the turkey.


  1. To make homemade turkey stock, put the turkey neck, heart, and gizzard in a saucepan. Add 5 cups of water (or part chicken stock for extra flavor) to the pan. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  2. If a turkey is stuffed, the center of the stuffing must reach 165 F even if the meat is done. Stuffing should be removed to a bowl after the turkey has rested for 20 minutes.
  3. Always pack and refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours (1 hour if the temperature is 90 F or above).