A Turkey for the Generations

Originally Posted on JumpingGenerations November 23, 2010 (http://jumpinggenerations.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/a-turkey-for-the-generations/)

GG taught D how to make a this turkey many years ago.
This cooking-style makes the juiciest turkey in about 1 hour.

Here’s what you will need

  • 1, 12-15 pound turkey (if you’re having more people, just make 2)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • salt & pepper
  • whatever white wine you’re drinking that day
  • inexpensive roaster with lid
  • favorite fresh herb, we usually grab rosemary sprigs from our plant


  • Preheat oven to 500° (yes, 500!)
  • Unwrap, remove interiors, including neck and organs
  • Wash bird in the sink and let it drain
  • Coat the bottom of your pan with olive oil, then rub down the bird with the entire stick of butter, and put rosemary sprigs under the skin and in the center of the bird
  • Tuck wings under the bird and place the turkey in the roaster breast up
  • Pour glass of white wine in the bottom of the pan
  • Cover the bird (if you don’t have the roaster, foil will work
  • Bake at 500 for 1 hour, after 1 hour, remove the lid
  • Check temperature using meat thermometer, looking for 180 degrees
  • If your bird does not go to 180 degrees keep the lid off and bake at 500 for 20 minute intervals until it does register at 180

Carve and enjoy with all your favorite sides. Besides the ease of cooking, this is the best tasting turkey EVER!  To quote GG, “It makes a fine bird.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

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