Foolproof roast turkey

    6 hours 10 min

    Turkey does not get easier than this! Just season the turkey with salt and pepper and pop it in the oven to slow cook for six hours.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 (4.5kg) whole turkey, neck and giblets optional
    • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
    • 80ml water, or as needed

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:6hr  ›  Ready in:6hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 140 C / Gas 1.
    2. Season turkey with salt and pepper and place, breast-side down, in a roasting pan; add neck and giblets. Pour water into pan.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven, basting as needed, until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 6 hours. A cooking thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh should read 74 degrees C. Continue to roast until meat falls off the bone if desired.

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    I used this recipe with a stuffed turkey, and man, they weren't kidding when they said the meat would fall right off the bone! Maybe due to the stuffing, there was a LOT of juice in the pan I used, so I had to empty it halfway through, and there was still more by the time it was done. I was a little worried that it had boiled the meat, but it turned out all right, if a little on the dry side - I probably should only have roasted it for 5 or 5 and a half hours. I skimmed the oil off the turkey juice and used some of it to make sauce with, refrigerating the rest for later sauce (sauce tastes best when you make it fresh). Yum!  -  03 Dec 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This came out wonderful! Only change I made was used chicken stock instead of water and I buttered the turkey.  -  17 Dec 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is one of the best turkeys I've made yet - so simple, but the skin crisped BEAUTIFULLY, and the meat was so juicy and tender. Big thumbs up from everyone!  -  24 Jan 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)