Simple Roast Turkey Recipe

This Simple Roast Turkey Recipe uses a sweet apple stuffing for a unique flavor twist on the classic Thanksgiving meal. The easy to follow directions also leaves plenty of time to prepare other items for the holiday dinner.

roast turkey on a platter with apples and oranges


  • 1 (12 lb) whole turkey, thawed
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp salt
  • 1 sweet apple, cored, peeled and chunked


Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey.

Rinse the turkey in cold water, then pat dry inside and out.

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.

Rub the entire turkey with olive oil.

Sprinkle with salt to cover.

Place the chunked apple inside the turkey cavity.

Place the turkey breast side down in a large roasting pan.

Roast for 3 hours.

Carefully turn the turkey so the breast is facing up. Cook another 45 minutes.

Internal temperature of the thigh will be 180F degrees when done.

Allow the turkey to stand 30 minutes before carving.

Yield: 12 servings


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