Classic Roast Turkey

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  • Serves: 12
  • Prep Time: 25m
  • Cook Time: 4:0 h
  • Ready In: 4:25 h

No bells or whistles, just a classic recipe that I found in Canadian Living. Everyone always finds it delicious. Excellent for large gatherings. This is my go-to turkey recipe. Everyone loves it and it doesn’t require you to be a culinary expert.


  • 1 Turkey (About 15 Pounds)
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, quartered
  • 2 Large Celery Stalks, cut into chunks
  • 1 Teaspoon Marjoram
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons Dried Sage
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, melted
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt


Step 1

Prepare the turkey (remove giblets and neck, clean and dry).

Step 2

Stuff celery, onion and half of the sage and marjoram into the turkey. Tie the legs together, seal the neck.

Step 3

Grease up a roasting pan and place the bird breast side up (you'll have to twist the wings under the back to do this).

Step 4

Mix the remaining ingredients and brush evenly over the turkey.

Step 5

With the oven at 325 F, roast the turkey for a little bit over 3 hours. Check the turkey occasionally, and using a baster, collect the runoff and pour over the turkey.

Step 6

To check if it is ready, stick a meat thermometer in the thigh. It should read 170 F. Also when you skewer it, the juices should run clear.

Step 7

When its done, take it out and place it on a board. Cover it in foil and let it sit there for 30 minutes.

Step 8

Serve with steamed veggies, potatoes, and cranberry sauce!

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