The technique described in this Instructable resulted in the beautiful 15 pound bird pictured below. It turned out to be one of the juiciest, most delicious turkeys to ever grace the delicate taste buds of Noah's family and friends since the pilgrims got all antsy in the pantsy more than 500 years ago.
This method has been thoroughly tested year after year at Thanksgiving dinners everywhere. Following the tips in this Instructable, you can make one that's just as good, if not better!
Step 1: Gather materials
With that in mind, gather the following ingredients, and don't skimp on quality if you can.
- A 15 - 25 lb turkey depending on how many people you'd like to feed. Figure on 1 to 1 1/2 lbs. of the whole turkey per person.
- 1 stick of butter
- 2-3 stalks of celery
- 2-3 carrots
- 1 onion
- fresh thyme
- fresh sage
- fresh parsley
- chicken stock
- meat thermometer (this is the key to telling when your turkey is done cooking. I don't trust the red pop-up dot)
- turkey baster
- butchers string (cotton string safe for cooking with)
- kosher salt
- fresh ground pepper
- suitably sized roasting pan with a rack