How to Cook a Turkey



  • 20 pound turkey (feeds 8-10 people)
  • Aromatics: carrots, onion, apple
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Remove giblets from cavity of bird and reserve if desired. Rinse entire bird under cold running water and dry thoroughly with disposable towel. A moist turkey will not brown.
  2. Cut the apple, onion, and carrot into large chunks and place into cavity of rinsed turkey. Rub the outside of the turkey with olive oil and sprinkle inside and out with salt and pepper.
  3. Truss (tie) legs of the bird together and place into preheated 425-degree oven for approximately 45 minutes or until the breast is golden brown. Reduce oven temp to 200 degrees and continue to cook bird until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, tenting the breast with aluminum foil as necessary to prevent burning.