Moist & Fragrant Thanksgiving Turkey

"This turkey is amazing, seriously, the white meat is so moist, how did you do that?!" - My hubby

Well, that about sums it up! Needless to say, my turkey turned out wonderful! Here's how I did it (don't worry, it's super easy!):

Moist & Fragrant Thanksgiving Turkey
What you will need:
20 lb. turkey - remove neck, gizzards, etc from inside the bird
1 onion, coarsely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried sage
1 tsp. dried rosemary
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
1 stick butter, melted

***Remove turkey from freezer and let sit in refrigerator 4-5 days to thaw***

-Preheat oven to 350 F

1. In a small bowl mix together the onion, garlic, olive oil, and seasonings. Mix well then stuff inside the turkey. Drizzle the turkey with olive oil then salt and pepper the bird. Tent your turkey with foil. Bake, covered, for 3.5 hours.
2. Remove turkey from oven, uncover, brush with melted butter, then return to the oven. Baste turkey with remaining melted butter every 30-40 minutes - about 2 more hours total - until thoroughly cooked (165 F).
*As you can see, we had a handy thermometer which pops out when the meat is cooked*
3. Let sit 20-30 minutes before carving, this helps lock in the juices. Serve!

p.s. You can prepare the bird the night before, just be sure to let it sit out of the refrigerator for 1 hour before putting it in the oven. AND, I put my bird in the oven at 7am and it was ready at 1:30pm.

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