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Butter Basted Roast Turkey

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This is a traditional entree for a Southern Thanksgiving table.

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Ingredients
- Serves 10 +
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10 pound Turkey
1 stick Butter
to taste Salt
1 handful Fresh Cranberries
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STEP 1
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
STEP 2
Remove Turkey (10 pound) from packaging. Rinse and pat dry.
STEP 3
Remove neck and giblets from inside of turkey and use for another purpose.
STEP 4
Place turkey in a roasting pan that is slightly larger than the turkey.
STEP 5
Use about half of the Butter (1/2 stick) to coat the inside and outside of the turkey, turning as necessary.
STEP 6
Season the inside and outside of the turkey with Salt (to taste).
STEP 7
Fold the turkey wings behind the shoulders and tie the legs together with butcher's twine.
STEP 8
Place lid on roasting pan and bake at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) for about 3 ½ hours or until thermometer reads 180 degrees F (80 degrees C) inserted at the thickest part of the thigh. During the cooking period, brush melted Butter (1/2 stick) top of turkey every half hour.
STEP 9
About a half hour before turkey is done, remove lid from roasting pan, in order for turkey breast to brown.
STEP 10
Remove turkey from oven and transfer to large platter. Tent with aluminum foil for about 10 minutes. Reserve turkey broth for making turkey gravy.
STEP 11
Garnish your Butter Basted Roast Turkey with Fresh Cranberries (1 handful) and Sage Leaves (1 bunch), if desired. Place turkey on Thanksgiving table, ready for carving!
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Rachel Shoen
My family eats turkey all the time. We simply can't wait til thanksgiving. This was delicious
Cathy Schroeder
Yummm! Missing thanksgiving already!
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