Many people are looking for those perfect Thanksgiving turkey recipes so they can know how to cook a turkey for their upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. Since we are so close to the wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and I can’t wait to eat that nice dinner with lots of turkey, I decided to post some turkey recipes for you today.

The Best Ugly Turkey Recipe:

This is probably the easiest turkey you will ever make and it tastes great.

Preparation Time:  25 Minutes 
Cooking Time:  14 Hours

Ingredients:
1 (12 pound) whole turkey with neck and giblets removed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons salt
1 apple – peeled, cored and cubed

Directions:
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the turkey inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Rub olive oil and salt all over the bird. Place the apple pieces inside of the cavity. Place the turkey breast side down in a large roasting pan.

2) Roast for 3 hours in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and carefully turn the bird so the breast side is facing up. Return to the oven and cook until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh has reached 180 degrees. Allow the turkey to sit for about 30 minutes before carving and serving.

Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe:

Preparation Time:  20 Minutes 
Cook Time:  3 Hours 

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons ground dried rosemary
2 tablespoons rubbed dried sage
2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
1 tablespoon lemon pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 (15 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne

Directions:
1) Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a turkey roaster with long sheets of aluminum foil that will be long enough to wrap over the turkey.

2) Stir together the parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture into the cavity of the turkey, then stuff with the celery, orange, onion, and carrot. Truss if desired, and place the turkey into the roasting pan. Pour the chicken broth and champagne over the turkey, making sure to get some champagne in the cavity. Bring the aluminum foil over the top of the turkey, and seal. Try to keep the foil from touching the skin of the turkey breast or legs.

3) Bake the turkey in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear. Uncover the turkey, and continue baking until the skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Alright, now you have two simple Thanksgiving turkey recipes and you definitely know how to cook a turkey. Enjoy your dinner!

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