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Easy Butter Whole Turkey

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Cooking a turkey can seem daunting but this is an easy recipe that cooks the turkey upside-down with extra flavour coming from butter.


Serves: 10 

  • 1 whole turkey
  • 125g butter
  • 1 cup (250ml) water

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:3hours  ›  Ready in:3hours15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Rinse turkey and remove giblets. Place turkey, breast side down in a roasting tin. Insert half of the butter inside the turkey. Place remaining butter in pieces around the turkey. Pour water into the tin.
  3. Cook covered for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or until the internal temperature of the thigh has reached 80 degrees C.

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Reviews (4)


Altered ingredient amounts. Made this for the in-laws....they were surprised. I didn't use as much butter as the recipe called for....but wow what a difference. I also added a sprinkling of poultry seasonings to the skin....which made it delicious. Also, I rubbed some butter between the skin and the flesh. I have found that really makes a difference. Thanks for helping me to impress my in-laws....appreciate it. - 29 Sep 2008


Cooking the turkey upside down does help keep the meat moist. I like to use a cooking bag too because it cooks faster and seems to retain more juice. - 29 Sep 2008


This was my first turkey. It turned out great!! So juicy and tender! I stuck little pices of butter between the breast and the skin. It was delicious. My husband cant get enough of it. - 29 Sep 2008

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