Easy Butter Whole Turkey

    3 hours 15 minutes

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

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    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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    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


    I substituted the water with apple juice and it was the best turkey I've ever made. Everyone at the table commented after thier first bite. It just melted in our mouths! I will never cook a turkey right-side-up again! The only complaint I had was that there was no crispy skin, but the meat was great!!  -  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