Chef Don's Traditional Roast Turkey


Chef Don's Traditional Roast Turkey

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Servings and Ingredients

Serves 16
1 (18 pound) turkey, neck and giblets removed
2 c. kosher salt
½ c. butter, melted
2 large onions, peeled and chopped
4 stalk(s) celery, chopped
4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 sprig(s) fresh thyme, divided
2 bay leaves, divided
2 c. gluten-free chicken broth
½ c. butter, melted


  1. Rub turkey inside and out with kosher salt. Place in a large stock pot; add cold water to cover. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Remove turkey from salt water and discard salt water. Thoroughly rinse turkey with cold water.
  4. Brush turkey with 1/2 cup melted butter. Place in a shallow roasting pan breast-side down.
  5. In a large bowl, combine onions, celery and carrots. Place half inside turkey with 1 sprig of thyme and 1 bay leaf.
  6. Scatter the remaining vegetables around the bottom of roasting pan, along with remaining thyme and bay leaf. Pour chicken broth on top.
  7. Bake for 3-1/2 to 4 hours, until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees. About two-thirds through the roasting time, carefully turn the turkey breast-side-up. Brush with 1/2 cup melted butter.
  8. Allow turkey to rest for 30 minutes before carving.

Nutrition facts


600 Calories per serving

Amounts Per Serving

  • Total Fat: 29g
  • Cholesterol: 285mg
  • Sodium: 440mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Protein: 79g

Daily Values

Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 0%
Iron 15%
Calcium 4%

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Hy-Vee chefs.