Our Favorite Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

Turkey day is so close, it makes my tummy rumble!

By now you know (or will know) we love Thanksgiving! To quote from last year’s Thanksgiving post, words have never been truer;

We love being together, but most importantly, the fulfilling and painful feeling of having eaten an insane amount of food that we decided to cram into our faces and make it impossible to breathe with our mouths closed.

If you don’t feel this way about this holiday, WHYYY?

This year our menu will be similar, if not the same, as last year. Because why fix something that isn’t broken?

Last year I mentioned that we were going to try a Gordon Ramsey recipe that we found on YouTube from Niall Delany and just to follow up, this is what it looked like:



After (took the bacon off before taking picture)

AMAZING RIGHT!? Not only was it picture perfect, but it was deliciously crispy on the outside and just buttery, juiciness, tenderness on the inside.

The gravy part did not result in the beautiful gravy Ramsey displayed but we’re going to try again (and have backups). If you’re wanting to try this turkey recipe, here is the jist of it:

– For butter concoction:

Soft Butter (No measurement. Just eyeball it according to the size of your bird)



A drizzle olive oil

Lemon zest of 2 lemons and their juice

3 cloves garlic pureed

A handful of chopped parsley

– For inside cavity:

Season with salt and pepper

2 onions halved (no need to peel)

A lemon (one of the previously used)

2 bay leaves

* After the cavity has been filled, open skin carefully not break, and fill with butter as if lathering the turkey breasts.

* Once the underskin has been filled, slather the rest of the butter concoction on the outside. Also, add a drizzle of olive oil on top before putting it in the oven.

* Preheat oven to 220 Celsius or 428 Fahrenheit.

* Place turkey in the oven for 10 mins to brown the outside.

* Take out, baste and cover with strips of bacon.

* Set oven to 180 Celsius or 356 Fahrenheit.

* Cook turkey half hour per kilo or per 2lb. (So for a 20lb turkey, it should cook for approx 5 hours.) *Check for doneness before ending cook time.

* After the turkey has been cooked thoroughly, remove from oven and rest uncovered for 2 ½ hours. We’re impatient, so we did less.

Don’t forget our mash potato tip! Add milk, sour cream, AND cream cheese! Simmer until reduced to the consistency of your liking!

Just typing about it makes my mouth water! Hahaha *breathes heavily*

How are you cooking your turkey this year and what are your favorite sides? Let me know in the comments!

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