Basic Roasted Turkey

Basic Roasted Turkey
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  • 1 celery stick, cut into 3 pieces
  • ½ onion, quartered
  • ½ lemon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (½ stick)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • + 1 more ingredients
    • 1 (12- to 15-pound) natural turkey

The night before you roast the turkey, remove the contents from the cavity. Discard the giblets (heart, liver, and gizzard) and reserve the neck. Rub the turkey all over with several generous pinches of salt, including a few under the skin covering the breast. Place the turkey in a dish or on a b...

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