This Roast Turkey Recipe is easy, flavorful, turned out moist and delicious. This turkey recipe is stuffed with onions, pears, and fresh chopped sage. When it comes to any holiday or gathering the hero can definitely be the turkey. Cooking a turkey is much easier than you think with a few basics on how to roast a turkey and an easy recipe.
I love recipes that aren’t complicated. If I find one that sounds good but, has excess steps I try to reel it in. Making it easier without losing all the lovely flavors. Last years turkey recipe we tried was one that was a winner. I am also sharing all the steps of how to roast a turkey for anyone who is new to cooking one.
I’ll just show you how easy along with how we adapted the recipe. Of course point you to the original in case you’d like to go gourmet. In the end it’s your choice but, if you do end up making either I’d love to hear if you enjoyed it as well.
Roast Turkey Stuffed With Onions, Pears And Sage
I really brought this down to the basics.
How You Roast A Turkey
- We did brine the turkey prior to our recipe steps. (you can see this simple salt brine recipe or this more flavorful brine recipe) We used a simple salt brine.
- Then we prepared what we would stuff inside the turkey. This is super quick, which is great if you have sides to prep or guests at your home.
- We make our stuffing separate and I shared the recipe at the end of the post too. It’s highly recommended to do it that way.
- These USDA Turkey Guidelines may help you for purchase, defrosting and preparing your turkey. Did you know you shouldn’t rinse your turkey? Since, 2011 they recommend you wipe it out. See guidelines for detailed tips.
- Follow the directions below for once your turkey is out of the brine and ready to prepare for roasting.
Roast Turkey Stuffed With Onion, Pears And Sage
We washed, peeled and cut up several pears. Then we washed fresh sage and cut up one yellow onion.
Place your turkey in a roasting pan with a rack inside.
This is a best seller roasting pan with rack which is slightly bigger than ours.
- For 20lb.s and under our 15″ roasting pan with rack is on sale at the time we wrote the post. Comparably priced the same pan you can get it here .
Then we prepared our turkey which was already cleaned out. If you don’t know how here’s a post that may help you clean and prepare a turkey for stuffing.
Then we sewed the skin shut with stuffing inside. Next we oiled him up with a little extra virgin olive oil.
A dash of salt and pepper was added prior to putting the turkey in the pre-heated oven temperature 450 degrees.
- Into the oven uncovered.
- Make sure there is plenty of space at the top or lower / adjust your oven racks.
- Roast at pre-heated temperature for about 30 minutes, then reduce to 325 degrees following the USDA cooking guidelines for stuffed/or un-stuffed turkey.
- For our stuffed turkey 4.35-4.75 hours. *165 Internal temp.
Baste Your Turkey
Baste and check on your turkey during the process.
- This is my favorite baster I ever owned. It’s the xoxo angled turkey baster with cleaning brush.
Last year I broke in my brand new oven we purchased as part of our kitchen remodel we are slowly doing ourselves. I’ve been in love ever since getting it. I was so happy to retired the old, ugly stove we had.
Keep basting until close to being done, reaching it’s internal temperature of 165 degrees throughout the turkey.
Use a good meat thermometer for checking. What I love about this one is that it has the internal temps. that your shooting for right on the face of thermometer. I also have a classic pocket food thermometer. It comes in handy having two as our family is big and we often times cook two meats.
Are you ready to cook your turkey?
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Roast Turkey With Onion, Pears And Sage
- Brine Your Turkey.
- Take Turkey out of Brine.
- Turkey clean it out & wipe it out
- 1 sweet onion
- 1 bunch of sage
- 3-6 pears depending on the size of your turkey
- Extra virgin olive oil
Peel and slice pears
Peel and cut up onion
Add cleaned turkey to roasting pan.
Rinse off and pat dry sage
Stuff into cleaned turkey cavity.
Sew Turkey cavity closed.
Lightly cover turkey exterior with olive oil.
Lightly salt and pepper turkey exterior.
Add Turkey to pre-heated oven 450 degrees
Cook for approx. 30 minutes
Reduce heat to 325 Finish cooking until turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees everywhere.
Follow the step by step instructions with images in the post
Brine Directions: http://www.adventures-in-cooking.com/2012/11/roast-turkey-with-pears-sage.html
Adapted from Adventures In Cooking
You’ll be serving up big plates of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes …. Of course don’t forget your sides of stuffing, and cranberry sauce.
Here’s just a few of the recipes we love for Thanksgiving!
- Sausage Sage Stuffing Recipe (and how to make stuffing balls)
- Cranberry Sauce Recipe (and how to make homemade cranberry sauce)
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- 15 Pumpkin Cheese Cake Recipes (includes a yummy one we tried)
- Thanksgiving Pinterest Board
- Pumpkin Recipes Pinterest Board
- Inn Keepers Pie Dessert Recipe
- Last Minute Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving Meal Planning
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How do you cook your turkey? Do you have a favorite stuffing?