This easy recipe for roast turkey is very simple, fuss free and will give you wonderful results – golden on outside, juicy on the inside.
For the best results, season the turkey and keep it in the refrigerator overnight.
I like to season the turkey the night before and keep it uncovered in the refrigerator overnight. This will give the salt more time to penetrate into the meat and will also dry out the skin, which will help it crisp up better. If you don’t have room for it in your refrigerator or don’t have the time, it’s not a big deal to skip this step. Make sure to let the turkey come to room temperature before you start roasting it. (Take it out of the refrigerator and sit on the counter while you preheat the oven.)
Why not add garlic, spices and herbs to the turkey skin?
When you rub the outside of the turkey with minced garlic and a variety of herbs and spices, they will quickly burn in the oven, since the turkey has to roast for quite a bit of time.
If you want to add more flavor, you can rub the herbs, spices and fresh garlic on the turkey skin during the last few minutes of roasting. Brush the turkey with oil or butter, then rub with minced garlic and any spices that you like.
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