Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when it’s acceptable to eat until you feel like you’ll burst. There are hundreds of different ways to cook a delicious turkey, but what you want is simplicity. There’s so much going on in your house on this special day, so the less time you spend preparing the main course, the better!

Here’s a fast, easy recipe that you can be thankful for.

What you’ll need

1 whole turkey (1 pound per person will be plenty)
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 onion
2 tablespoons garlic
2 teaspoons basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups water
Roasting pan with lid

What to do

First, note that it may take several days to thaw your turkey, plan on one day per five pounds.

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees

While you’re waiting for the oven to heat up, clean the turkey

Put the clean turkey in your roasting pan

Mix the oil and all of your seasonings in a small bowl

Brush the oil-herb mixture evenly over the turkey

Chop onion and place small pieces around the bottom of the roasting pan

Pour 2 cups of water into the bottom of the roasting pan

Put the lid on the pan

Bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, depending on the size of the bird


To find out if your turkey is fully cooked, insert a thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh. When the temperature reaches 180 degrees, the bird is done!

Let the turkey stand for about thirty minutes before carving.


Covering your bird with tin foil in the refrigerator and calling it a day will cause it to dry out, and no one wants to eat dry turkey sandwiches! By using an airtight container, you’re sealing all that flavor and juice in – and that helps ensure that your leftovers disappear quickly. Try separating turkey into several zipper bags for individual-sized servings.

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