Buttered Roast Turkey

    3 hours 15 mins

    This is a simple way to prepare a turkey without stuffing. The secret ingredient is butter - it enhances the bird's natural flavour. When the turkey is done, the juices may be used to prepare a gravy by adding cornflour 1 tablespoon at a time until the gravy begins to thicken.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 1 whole turkey
    • 125g butter
    • 1 cup water

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
    2. Rinse turkey and remove giblets. Place turkey, breast side down in a roasting tin. Insert half of the butter inside the turkey. Place remaining butter in pieces around the turkey. Pour water into the tin.
    3. Cook covered for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or until the internal temperature of the thigh has reached 80 C.

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    This was my first turkey. It turned out great!! So juicy and tender! I usd aple juice instead of water, and I made a rub of 1 stick melted butter, salt, pepper, rubbed sage, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning. I also stuck little pices of butter between the breast and the skin. It was delicious. My husband cant get enough of it.  -  21 Feb 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Cooking the turkey upside down does help keep the meat moist. I like to use a cooking bag too because it cooks faster and seems to retain more juice.  -  19 Nov 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Made this for an early Thanksgiving with the in-laws....they were surprised. I didn't use as much butter as the recipe called for....but wow what a difference. I also added a sprinkling of poultry seasonings to the skin....which made it delicious. Also, I rubbed some butter between the skin and the flesh. I have found that really makes a difference. Thanks for helping me to impress my in-laws....appreciate it.  -  21 Nov 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)