Homemade Roast Turkey Recipe

Homemade Roast Turkey Recipe

How To Make Homemade Roast Turkey

Thanksgiving will never be the same with this homemade roast turkey recipe. Opt to cook your turkey breast-side down so it stays succulent and rich.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 15 minutes



  • 1turkey approx
  • juice of a lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil,or softened or melted butter
  • ½yellow onion,peeled and quartered
  • celery tops
  • 2carrots
  • 1bunchparsley
  • several sprigs of fresh rosemary,or sage, and/or thyme


  1. Make the gravy while the turkey is resting covered on the carving board.

  2. Use a metal spoon to ladle off some of the excess fat from the pan and reserve for another use. If using flour, heat the fat and drippings in the pan until they are bubbly. Sprinkle with ¼ cup of flour all over the fat and drippings.

  3. Stir with a wire whisk to make a roux with the flour and fat. Let the flour brown a minute or so in the hot pan.

  4. Slowly add 3 cups of water, stock, or milk to the pan, whisking vigorously to get rid of any lumps. Let the gravy simmer and thicken. Add salt and pepper, ground sage, thyme, or other seasonings to taste.


  • Calories: 1191.57kcal
  • Fat: 53.46g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.79g
  • Trans Fat: 0.44g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 21.65g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 12.00g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.15g
  • Fiber: 6.70g
  • Sugar: 3.24g
  • Protein: 156.87g
  • Cholesterol: 514.49mg
  • Sodium: 1968.10mg
  • Calcium: 204.45mg
  • Potassium: 1997.51mg
  • Iron: 9.07mg
  • Vitamin A: 340.85µg
  • Vitamin C: 49.28mg
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