This Traditional Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy is the perfect main dish for your holiday dinner!
I look forward to Thanksgiving every year, as we gather together with our family. I have always loved the tradition of Thanksgiving, and it makes me happy to carry on the tradition with my own family. Now that my kids are older, they really appreciate the meaning of this holiday, and Thanksgiving dinner especially, has become really important to them. I hope they remember that when they are looking after their own families one day…and they better invite me. 😉 And I hope there’s a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Whipped Butter
My favourite turkey is a simple and classic roast turkey with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Did you sing that last part? I did. It just as to be done when those herbs are paired together…I can’t even help it. haha But really, they are the best herbs with roast turkey, especially when they’re mixed into a whipped butter.
I mix the herbs up into 3/4 cup of butter and smother my turkey with it before I put it in the oven. And the results are a delicious golden turkey, with the most amazing pan drippings. Gravy made with butter and turkey pan drippings is THE BEST.
But seriously, look how nice the turkey comes out…all golden and scrumptious. I have never had more golden turkeys than I do when I smother them with butter. We can’t wait to dig in.
How to Carve the Turkey
Nothing left to do but carve it up. I like our turkey carved in a more non-traditional way. Years ago I watched a Jamie Oliver Christmas special, and the way he carved his turkey blew my mind. Instead of slicing and carving the turkey, he kind of just chops right into it, and I LOVE it. We remove the wings and drumsticks, then the turkey breast. Then we cut the turkey breast into chunks instead of slices. I don’t even know what it is that I like about doing it this way, but I just do. Actually, I feel like it keeps the meat more moist and delicious.
And it looks kind of nice too…rustic almost. Yum.
The BEST Roast Turkey Recipe!
So if you’re looking for a delicious and moist roast turkey recipe, this is it. Don’t be afraid to roast turkey, it’s easy and the results are so worth it! I hope you enjoy this recipe. Now let’s set the table, gather with our loved ones this Thanksgiving, hug each other and and be grateful for all that we have in these uncertain times. Much love, and Happy Thanksgiving to you. xo
More Thanksgiving Menu Ideas:
- Braided Pumpkin Bread
- Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- Wild Rice Stuffing
- Traditional Bread Stuffing
- Roasted Brown Sugar & Rosemary Squash Wedges
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Turnip Puff
- Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta
- Sauteed Green Beans
- Pumpkin Delight Dessert
- Apple Pie
A Downloadable Thanksgiving Menu (with links)
5 Tips for Thanksgiving Prep and Planning!
- For extra-crispy skin: Unwrap your turkey the day before you are planning to cook it and leave it in the fridge overnight. The extra drying time will add the perfect crispness to your turkey.
- Keep it simple: Shave hours off of your prep time by going to your market salad bar to stock up on sides and salads.
- Use your slow cooker for side dishes! Keep your oven free for the main dish. Use a slow cooker to prepare a side dish like mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole, and keep it warm so it’s ready to serve.
- Invest in a good meat thermometer. Make sure you use a good quality meat thermometer to ensure you cook your turkey to the perfect doneness without overcooking.
- Consider cooking your turkey in parts: Separate your turkey into the breasts, thighs and drums for a quicker, foolproof way to get the meat cooked perfectly.
Happy Thanksgiving to you. xo
Disclosure: I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you a delicious roasted turkey recipe just in time for the holidays! I was compensated for my time, but the recipe, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always! We really love turkey.