Food Fridays on Empty Streets: Roasting Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted 6:25 PM by Mezhal Ulao in Labels: , ,

It's the Thanksgiving season again and people are at a rush to prepare that perfect dinner and what is Thanksgiving without the Turkey. So here in Empty Streets we deliver just as many have asked for this need :)

Here are the instructions on how to roast that perfect Turkey:


  • 1 turkey, approx. 15 lbs.
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil or melted butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, peeled and quartered
  • Tops and bottoms of a bunch of celery
  • 2 carrots
  • Parsley
  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary, thyme

Turkey Serving Size Guide
12-15 lb turkey for 10-12 people
15-18 lb turkey for 14-16 people
18-22 lb turkey for 20-22 people

1 If the turkey came from the refrigerator, bring it to room temperature before cooking. Keep it in its plastic wrapping till you are ready to cook. While in the refrigerator, and or while you are bringing it to room temp, have the turkey in a pan, so that if the plastic covering leaks for any reason, you are confining the juices to the pan.

Remove the neck and giblets (heart, gizzard, liver). Use the heart and gizzard for making stock for the stuffing. The neck can be cooked along side the turkey or saved for turkey soup.

*Note that if your turkey comes with a plastic piece holding the legs together, check the instructions on the turkey's package. Most likely you do not need to remove those plastic ties for cooking (unless you plan to cook your turkey at a very high temperature). If you remove the plastic ties, you will need to use kitchen string to tie the legs together.

2 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

3 Wash the turkey with water. Pull out any remaining feather stubs on the turkey skin. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels. Lather the inside of the cavity with the juice of half a lemon. Take a small handful of salt and rub all over the inside of the turkey.

4 For flavor, put inside the turkey half a yellow onion, peeled and quartered, a bunch of parsley, a couple of carrots, and some chopped up celery. You may need to cap the body cavity with some aluminum foil so that the stuffing doesn't easily fall out. Close up the turkey cavity with either string (thread strings and not anything plastic) or metal skewers. Make sure that the turkey's legs are tied together, held close to the body, and tie a string around the turkey body to hold the wings in close.

5 Rub melted butter or olive oil all over the the turkey. Sprinkle salt generously all over the outside of the turkey. Sprinkle pepper over the turkey.

6 Place turkey on the bottom of a rack over a sturdy roasting pan big enough to catch all the drippings. Add several sprigs of thyme and rosemary to the outside of the turkey.

7 Chop up the turkey giblets (gizzard, heart). Put into a small saucepan, cover with water, add salt. Bring to simmer for an hour or so to help make stock for the stuffing.

8 Put the turkey in the oven. Gourmet turkeys often don't take as long to cook. We recommend a cooking time of about 15 minutes for every pound. For the 15 lb turkey, start the cooking at 400 F for the first 1/2 hour. Then reduce the heat to 350 F for the next 2 hours. Then reduce the heat further to 225 F for the next hour to hour and a half.

Start taking temperature readings with a meat thermometer, inserted deep into the thickest part of the turkey breast and thigh, a half hour before the turkey should be done. The dark meat in the thigh should be about 175 F. The white meat in the breast should be 160 F to 165 F. If you don't have a meat thermometer, spear the breast with a knife. The turkey juices should be clear, not pink.

9 Once you remove the turkey from the oven, let it rest for about 15-20 minutes. Turn the turkey breast side up to carve it.

Making Turkey Gravy

Scrape all the drippings off of the bottom of the roasting pan. Pour drippings into a smaller skillet. Ladle off excess fat with a gravy spoon and save for possible use later.

In a separate small bowl take a quarter cup of corn starch and add just enough water to dissolve the corn starch. Beat cornstarch with a spoon to remove lumps. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the drippings, stirring constantly.

You may not end up using all of the cornstarch mixture. Only add as much as you need to get the desired thickness. Allow time for the cornstarch to thicken the gravy. Add salt, pepper, sage, thyme, or other seasonings to taste.

Aside from a home style cooked recipe for yah we have found a video to help out those that are more visually stimulated :)
This video is courtesy of Easy Cook Videos

Help end world hunger

One more thing - Since it is ThanksGiving I would like to say thanks for the following:
1. Being able to wake up every morning
2. Being able to work for a wonderful company with the most amazing people-ExcelAsia
3. For the most amazing Blogging Friends from around world

I know that there is a lot more but whew am running out of time but you are never left out as all of those we love are found on our blogs we love ;) so in this festive season of thanksgiving and soon gift giving, let us all gather and have dinner together :) Enjoy the Turkey Everyone. And yes all of those that drop by you are always welcome to stay with us and enjoy the Empty Streets.

19 comment(s) to... “Food Fridays on Empty Streets: Roasting Thanksgiving Turkey”


bloggista said...

Hmmmm, me first to comment so me eat first the yummy roasted turkey.

Hehe, thanks for sending me the roasted turkey Metz! (was it you?).

Emila Yusof said...

Whoaa Metz! The turkey is looking so yummy! Thanks for the recipe! I think I wanna try!

Emila Yusof said...

Yay! Thank you for the linky love, Metz! You're amazing yourself and a very good friend!

Monica said...

oh thank you so much Metz!!! The turkey looks YUM! YUM! I wanna try too ;-)

Mariuca said...

Hola Metz! That does look like the perfect turkey, I'd never get one to look as yummy as this one here, thanks so much for the turkey! I am bringing some home with me he he! :):):)

Mariuca said...

And thanks a million for the linky love, you are the best! Lotsa love and hugs for u this Thanksgiving and have a wonderful weekend! :):):)

Empty Streets said...

Hi Guys,

Am so happy to know you enjoyed the Turkey recipe, I just finished serving the last morsel of it and was pleasantly surprised to have everyone comment on how good it was. :) heheh Hopefully it turns out just as well with you guys. :) Lots of hugs and Kisses :) There is more where all that turkey came from ;)

iWalk said...

Oh, I am late!

But I am so glad the Thanksgiving Turkey still there waiting for me!

Thanks Metz, I will try it! But not on Turkey, but on chicken, Because there is no turkey on sale here!

slavezero said...

Thanks for the link love :D

the turkey looks really yummmy metz... I'll try it on my neighbors chicken hehehe

Empty Streets said...

Hi iwalk and Slavezero,

hmmm you just gave me a new recipe idea heheheh yes you can do the same to chicken hehehe :) And you are more than welcome for the link up, besides i really like you guys and your sites too :) hehehe

EastCoastLife said...

arghhhh.... I miss the yummy turkey!

Thanks for the linky love.
I just came back from a trip. :)

Empty Streets said...

heheh Hi ECL no worries there is plenty more where that came from ;) xoxo

LadyJava said...

So sorry I was so late for Thanksgiving..hhe.. but better late than never hehhee.. that's look delish though like i said. I don't eat turkey...

And YES! I am glad we met here in blog world... for that I'm thankful too :)

Bombchell said...

omg that looked so beautiful is it real!!! lol.

yeah right my aunts cooked, i kinda just showed up. but i helped arrange the dishes though =)

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

hi metz!! that's a yummy looking turkey!!! yumm.. :) thanks for the recipe! i think i can pass this recipe to my future FIL for guidance. you see, every christmas, my future FIL will roast 2 turkeys for our open house guests. He's the expert now. haha! :)

Empty Streets said...

Hi LJ,

awww now am blushing again hehehe am so happy to have you guys in my life :)

Empty Streets said...

Hi bombchell,

awww it is something we cooked up over here :) am so happy you like the recipe :) hehehe :) plenty more recipes to come ;)

Empty Streets said...

awww hehehe am so happy you liked it too Jean :) heheh lucky Fil :) xoxo to everyone :)

Matthew S. Urdan said...

Thanks for the link love and the mention. that's awfully kind of you! Much appreciated!

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