Basic Roast Turkey

Basic Roast Turkey
Photo by Marcus Nilsson


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

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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