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Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe (Great for First Timers)


Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe (Great for First Timers)

First time cooking your own Thanksgiving turkey? Here is a great recipe to start with! 




Holiday Rub Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp kosher salt (regular salt is fine)
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Turkey Ingredients:


  • 1 (14-16 lb) turkey, rinsed, patted dry inside and out (neck, heart and gizzard reserved for stock)
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Gravy Ingredients

  • Turkey or Chicken Stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and fresh gruond black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp walnuts, lightly chopped (plain or candied)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp + pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Pinch of curry powder
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp canola oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  2. Mix all of the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Put the turk on a rack in a roasting pan.
  4. Generously season the turkey cavity with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Brush the turkey with olive oil, and rub it with the seasoning mixture. Tie the legs together loosely to hold their shape, and tuck the wing tips under.
  6. Roast the turkey until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh resisters 165 to 170 degrees F, about 3 hours.
  7. Transfer the turkey to a platter. Tent it loosely with foil, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes (the internal temp will rise 5-10 degrees).
  8. Reserve the juices in the pan.
  1. Scrape the juices and browned bits from the roasting pan into a large glass measuring cup.
  2. Spoon off the fat, leaving 2 tablespoons of fat. You need 1 2/3 cup of liquid – if you do not have enough, add enough stock to make it equal this amount.
  3. Heat the 2 tablespoons of fat in a heavy, large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add in the garlic and shallots, and saute for about2 minutes.
  5. Add in the flour and whisk until golden, about 4 minutes.
  6. Add in the degreased pan juices, and the 2 cups of stock.
  7. Bring to a boil, whisking until smooth.
  8. Reduce the heat and simmer until the gravy is reduced to the desired consistency, about 4 minutes.
  9. Whisk in the lemon juice and the sour cream.
  10. Season the gravy with salt and pepper to you taste.
  11. Pour the gravy into a serving bowl or boat.
  12. Carve turkey and arrange it on a serving platter – serve the turkey and gravy together for ultimate amazingness!



Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe (Great for First Timers)

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