Buttery Tried and True Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

15 servings
6 hr 30 min

Who’s ready for the holidays?! I’m over here raising my hand as high as possible. I’ve been looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas since May! Although the holidays may be a bit different this year, we still plan on having a cozy family Thanksgiving, and I wanted to bring you along!

The holidays are like a reset button for my soul. Do you feel that way too? Gosh, we all could use a little reset right about now. Let’s use this time of year to reconnect to those we love, focus on traditions and family time, and of course, include lots of amazing food!


What’s Thanksgiving without the turkey? Nothing! A yummy seasoned turkey is a holiday must!

Starting with a quality turkey, how you dress it for cooking is essential for the best flavor. here is my favorite way to dress and cook my turkey.

Buttery Tried and True Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe
Recipe details
  • 15  servings
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 6 Hours Total time: 6 hr 30 min
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  • - 1 cup Butter, Room Temperature
  • - 2 tablespoons Sage (fresh if possible)
  • - 2 tablespoons Rosemary (fresh if possible)
  • - 1 tablespoon Thyme (fresh if possible)
  • - Zest of a Lemon
  • - 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • - 3 teaspoons Salt
  • - 2 tsp pepper
  • Chop up two onion, 4 garlic cloves, one bunch if celery, a lemon, and a Granny Smith apple to place inside cavity.

After you've allowed your turkey to defrost for a few days, remove it from packaging, take out giblets, and place in roasting pan. Pat dry with paper towels.Combine butter and other ingredients, besides chopped veggies for cavity, and rub all over bird, under the skin, and over, in all crannies, and inside the cavity. The rub salt and pepper over bird.
Finish by stuffing the cavity with onions, garlic cloves, celery, lemon, and granny smith apple.
Bake covered at 350 for about 20 minutes per pound. This will vary depending on bird size, and how stuffed the cavity is. Thankfully, Butcher Box birds come with the pop up thermometer, which is a great help!
See in this post the link to the best turkey gravy made with the drippings. Don't throw them away!
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  • Sarah Walker Sarah Walker on Nov 16, 2020

    I like the ideal of stuffing the inside. Never thought about using an apple. I'm going to try your recipe this Thanksgiving. I love those spices. Thanks

  • Patrice Krukowski Patrice Krukowski on Nov 16, 2020

    I stuff apples and oranges inside the cavity