Best Turkey Recipe with garlic butter

Garlic Butter Thanksgiving Turkey With Gravy


A Thanksgiving or holiday table wouldn’t be complete with a big ol’ juicy and flavorful turkey at the center! This easy, no-fail Thanksgiving turkey recipe will knock your socks off, and be the best turkey you’ll ever serve! The secret to this juicy and aromatic turkey is butter, and lots of it! I season the butter with loads of spices, such as smoked paprika, basil, oregano and garlic. This herbed butter is spread underneath the skin and over the top to add moisture and flavor to every bite! This recipe is measured for a 9 pound turkey; adjust the recipe according to the size of your bird.

*Important* – turkeys need at least 4 to 5 days to thaw in the refrigerator! Make sure you take yours out of the freezer ahead of time!

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I love to stuff my turkey with citrus, such as lemon and orange wedges, to add moisture and a fresh flavor twist. I also add loads of garlic, shallots and big bundle of fresh herbs. You’ll love the aroma of this turkey in the oven! And my second roasting tip: basting the turkey with more butter and adding chicken broth to the pan. Just brush the turkey with more butter at the 2 hour roasting mark and add a cup or two of chicken broth to the roasting pan to add more moisture to the oven so your turkey doesn’t dry out!

Thanksgiving turkey on platter stuffed with fresh herbs, oranges and apples
Use this handy turkey roasting guide to figure out how long you need to roast your turkey based on size in a 350F oven.
stuffed turkey roasting guide for making turkey
The Best Gravy!

You can’t serve your amazing, juicy turkey without gravy so I’ve included the most incredible turkey drippings gravy! It’s the one and only recipe I use and it’s so easy to make! Once the turkey is done baking and it’s resting, just strain the turkey drippings using a fine mesh strainer lined with a cheesecloth. The cheesecloth will catch all the little bits you don’t want in the gravy. Use the drippings for the gravy! It’s that easy and ridiculously delicious!

turkey drippings gravy in crystal gravy boat with turkey

Serving Your Turkey!

Presenting your turkey is as important is the baking process! Learn how to carve up your Thanksgiving or Christmas bird like a pro with my step-by-step video turkey carving tutorial!

Garnish your turkey platter with lots of color and a variety of fruit, vegetables and fresh herbs. Here are some of the garnishes that I like to use:
  • pomegranate segments; mini apples; orange or mandarin slices; orange wedges; cranberries
  • shallots, carrots, green onion
  • fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage or bay leaves
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Garlic Butter Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe with video
Side Dish Ideas!

And don’t forget the side dishes! I have plenty of options and this ‘Pomegranate Kale Salad’ is one of my favorites!

And these ‘Garlic Bacon Potatoes’ are loaded with fresh garlic and plenty of bacon pieces!

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I love this large roasting pan with a non-stick rack – perfect for even extra-large turkeys.
Don’t forget a baster to ensure your turkey stays juicy!
Make sure to get these turkey lifters to transfer the bird from the pan onto your carving board.
This cutting board also doubles as a great carving board – my absolute favorite!!
And this Wusthof carving knife is amazing! Or, get a set with a carving fork and knife.


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