Basic Roast Turkey

Basic Roast Turkey
Photo by Marcus Nilsson


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

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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