Basic Roast Turkey

Basic Roast Turkey
Photo by Marcus Nilsson


  • 3 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley or leaves from 1 bunch celery (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
  • Kitchen string (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 medium yellow onions, cut into wedges
  • + 3 more ingredients
    • 3 navel oranges, cut into wedges (optional)
    • 6 tablespoons tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, or olive oil
    • 1 12- to 14-pound turkey, giblets removed

Heat oven to 425° F. Rinse the turkey inside and out and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the wings underneath the body. If desired, tie the drumsticks together using kitchen string. Place the carrots, celery, and onions in a metal roasting pan. Transfer the turkey to a wire rack and place it ...

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