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  1. Sam says

    5 stars
    I used this recipe following it exactly last year and it turned out perfect.Definitely using it again this year .
    Thank you

  2. Kaia says

    5 stars
    Used this last Thanksgiving for roasting my first turkey and it was so helpful. The turkey turned out amazing and I was so nervous about it before hand. Going to be using this again this year. Thank you for the help!

  3. Julie Clark says

    5 stars
    Thanks so much for this recipe. After many years of the same as my Mom, tried this for Thanksgiving and got rave reviews! Family said best ever. Now preparing another one for Christmas. Really! Followed this to the letter and it was outstanding. Keep those recipes coming! Thanks from a seasoned cook for a new approach!

  4. Juanita Seguin says

    I’m very interested in trying a brined turkey. I have struggled in the past with getting a turkey satisfactorily done. This year I bit the bullet, financially and bought a Butterball. I don;t know if you are familiar with the brand, but it is injected with oil, and I find they usually turn out better.Sorry long message, my question is can I use this brining method with this type of bird as well?

  5. Rachael says

    Hi tori,

    I have a small bird, about 5 lbs. I bout it just to try this recipe! How do you recommend I adjust cooking time to suit the size? I know it will take aprox. 1 1/2 hours to cook, but will it take less than 30 minutes to roast? Happy thanksgiving!

    • Tori Avey says

      Hi Rachael, sorry I was not online during the holiday weekend. You probably already figured out the answer to this, but if you check the package of most turkeys there are specific cooking instructions for various weights. Roasting time is the same as cook time. Hope you enjoyed it!

  6. Shayna says

    hi! I’m making my first turkey this year. Would I need to make any changes to the time if I’m cooking in a roaster vs the oven? I’ve seen a lot of roaster recipes suggest putting water in the bottom to keep the turkey from drying out. Thoughts?

  7. Matt Kravetz says

    Hi Tori, I’ve come across this recipe and have all the ingredients and ready to go. I am excited to give this one a try and can’t wait to see the results. As I’ve read from another post with a 20-22 lb turkey is around 3 1/2-4 hours. I have a 24 lb turkey, so would I be looking to be around 5- 5 1/2 hours? Hope to here from you soon!

  8. Michael says

    Hi Tori,
    I have two questions about this recipe…
    1. What role onion plays? Is it for keeping it moist?
    2. Would you advise (for or against) soaking apples in either wine or brandy before putting them inside the turkey?


    • Tori Avey says

      Hi Michael, the onion is there for flavor. Soaking the apples would be just fine. The more flavor/scent you can add to the aromatics, the better.

  9. Michelle says

    I have made this turkey before and it is absolutely the best turkey I have ever had. I am going to cook a 10 lb turkey in 2 days and I was wondering how long to cook it. Thanks for your help!

  10. natalie says

    4 stars
    Hi Tori! Just wanted to say that I followed your turkey recipe this year and it was a total hit! Really turned out amazing and I love that it gave me time for other stuff in my oven after! Everything about it was perfect! Thank you so much for all your recipes! I also made the brussel sprouts with pomegranate molasses and they were great!!! Question about the turkey, I had to make 2 bc we had a large group and one of them was in an all clad pan the other in teflon. The one in the all clad started smoking like crazy, the other one a little bit but this one was out of control, is it the oil at the bottom of the pan? Is it too much oil or do I need to add water? For the time being I added a little bit of water at the bottom of the pan and it helped but any suggestions? I gave my aunt in Chicago the recipe as well and she loved it! But she also had the same smoking issue, any ideas? Also, I have some people that really like soy sauce with their turkey is there a way to incorporate it? Maybe in the brine or do you think with the brushing of the olive oil? Last question and I think it is a stupid question but the apple etc that you microwave, you just put those in the cavity right and you don’t do anything with the water correct? I just want to make sure. Thank you for this amazing recipe!! And for all of your amazing recipes, so far have used many for various holidays and all have been raved about!

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