Butter Blanketed Turkey is roasted with fresh herbs and topped with a buttered basting blanket for perfectly golden brown, juicy turkey.
Table of Contents
- About Our Butter Blanketed Turkey Recipe
- Butter Blanketed Turkey Ingredients
- Kitchen Tools & Equipment
- How to Make Butter Blanketed Turkey
- Cooking Tips & Tricks
- What to Pair With Butter Blanketed Turkey
- Ideas to Serve Butter Blanketed Turkey
- FAQs for Butter Blanketed Turkey
- Recipe Card
- Butter Blanketed Turkey Variations
- Related Recipes
About Our Butter Blanketed Turkey Recipe
Whether you have been making Thanksgiving turkey for decades or this is your first try, you will love this fail-proof recipe for perfect roasted turkey! It’s extra juicy with golden brown, crispy skin that looks like it belongs in a magazine. You don’t need a fancy roaster or roasting bags to get flavorful, moist turkey. Just grab your normal turkey seasonings, butter, and a couple of pieces of cheesecloth and you’re all set.
The seasonings used for Butter Blanketed Turkey are simple. All you need are fresh herbs, onions, carrots, celery, chicken broth, and a cup of butter. The chicken broth adds to the basting liquid that you will use throughout the roasting process. Basting while you roast your turkey keeps the meat juicy and while turning the skin golden brown and crisp.
Draping your turkey with a cheesecloth dipped in butter keeps the juices from completely melting off and back into the bottom of the roasting pan. Every time you add the basting liquid, it gets absorbed into the piece of cheesecloth, trapping the juices in place. This gives a similar moisture-trapping effect to a roasting bag, but with the browning and crisping effect of normal basting.
“Can Butter Blanketed Turkey be made ahead?”
There is nothing like fresh roasted turkey, especially for your holiday meal. If you’re looking to serve up the whole turkey, it is not recommended to prepare this part of your meal ahead of time. However, you could prepare they turkey, and save the cooking liquid. You’ll slice the turkey and reheat the slices of turkey in the oven at 350, with the slices arranged in the pan with the juices. Heat for 45-60 minutes depending on how much turkey you have, then remove the slices from the juices to serve them on a platter.
Butter Blanketed Turkey Ingredients
- 12-14 pound whole turkey: You will easily serve 8-to-10 people with a turkey of this size, and you’ll have some leftovers too.
- Aromatics: 1 yellow onion, 2 carrots, and 2 stalks celery are used for the aromatics in the pan while the turkey roasts. They will add just the right fragrance and classic flavor to your turkey.
- 2 cups chicken broth: It is important to have liquid in the the bottom of your pan for the aromatics to steep in and to keep some moisture in the oven with your turkey.
- Herbs: 1 tablespoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, and 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary will all be mixed together to coat your turkey inside and out. The herb mix will bring a depth of flavor that will have all your guests singing your praises.
- 1 cup melted unsalted butter: The butter will play a pivotal role in adding moisture to your turkey, and in helping the skin to become brown and crispy.
Kitchen Tools & Equipment
- 2 20-inch cheesecloths: The cheesecloths will hold the butter on your turkey as it roasts. You can buy it at the grocery store near the rest of the baking tools and equipment.
- Roaster and rack: Use a classic roasting pan with a rack to hold your turkey over the pan. You want to be sure your turkey doesn’t rest in the pan and liquid so that it roasts rather than steams.
- Baster: You can use your favorite basting tool to baste your turkey with more butter during roasting.
- Thermometer: Use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh. You can serve your turkey when it reaches 165 degrees F.
- Aluminum Foil: You will need 1 piece of aluminum foil to tent your turkey while it rests, before carving.
- Kitchen Knife: Grab your favorite kitchen knife to carve and serve your moist, delicious turkey.
How to Make Butter Blanketed Turkey
Time needed: 3 hours and 20 minutes.
- Turkey Prep
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, and remove giblets from the turkey. Pat it dry, both inside and out.
- Roasting Rack
Place the roasting rack in the pan and rest the turkey on the rack. Rub the inside and outside of the turkey with a mix of salt, black pepper, sage, thyme, and rosemary.
Dip the cheesecloth in melted butter and drape it over the turkey. As the butter runs out, rub it all over the uncovered parts of the turkey.
Roast for 30 minutes, then baste turkey with liquid from roasting pan. Add ½ the remaining butter over the cheesecloth and reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Cook for 1 hour, then baste again with pan juices. Cook for another hour, then baste a third time.
- Final Roasting
Remove the cheesecloth and brush the remaining butter carefully over the turkey. Cook for 30 minutes more.
- Rest and Serve
Let rest 20 minutes tented loosely with foil before carving.
Cooking Tips & Tricks
Get this super juicy Turkey Recipe just right by following these tips:
- Keep your Turkey from browning too fast
- If your turkey is browning too fast, tent the pan loosely with aluminum foil and remove the foil during the final 30 minutes of roasting.
- Make sure your Turkey is evenly roasted on all sides
- Turn your roasting pan each time you baste if your oven only fits your turkey sideways. This will make sure your turkey is evenly roasted on all sides.
What to Pair With Butter Blanketed Turkey
This delicious, golden brown, and juicy Butter Blanketed Turkey recipe is a sure-fire winner for Thanksgiving Dinner. Serve this tasty roasted turkey with favorite Thanksgiving side dishes like Apple Sausage Stuffing, Candied Sweet Potatoes, and Spinach Gratin. The pan juices will make an amazing extra buttery gravy for your Mashed Potatoes. Turn any turkey that doesn’t get gobbled up into Leftover Turkey Casserole, an easy day-after-Thanksgiving dinner!
Ideas to Serve Butter Blanketed Turkey
Serve your Butter Blanketed Turkey topped with your favorite holiday gravy. You can also serve it with tangy cranberry sauce. Try this super easy Cranberry Sauce recipe, or make Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce so you can just prep it and let it cook on it’s own.
FAQs for Butter Blanketed Turkey
While a turkey baster is the easiest tool to use, if you don’t have a turkey baster that’s okay! Instead of a baster, substitute a pastry brush, ladle, or a measuring cup. Pull the oven rack out as far as possible so you don’t burn your hands using an alternative method.
Always let your roasted turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. Resting ensures the natural juices absorb back into the meat. The bird also keeps cooking on the inside as it rests for perfectly cooked meat all the way through.
According to the FDA Guidelines, your Butter Blanketed Turkey is done cooking when the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 165 degrees F. Use an instant-read meat thermometer, don’t rely on the pop-out plastic guide that comes with the turkey.
- 12-14 pound turkey , whole
- 1 onion , cut into 6 wedges
- 2 carrots , cut into 2-inch chunks
- 2 stalks celery , cut into 2-inch chunks
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage , minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme , removed from stems
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary removed from stems, minced
- 1 cup unsalted butter , melted
- 2 20-inch cheesecloths
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Remove giblets from turkey and pat dry inside and out.
- To a large roasting pan with a rack insert, add the onions, carrots, and celery to the bottom of the roasting pan.
- Add in the chicken broth.
- Add turkey to the roasting rack.
- Mix salt, black pepper, sage, thyme, and rosemary and rub inside and outside of the turkey.
- Dip cheesecloth into the melted butter.
- Drape carefully over the turkey and as butter runs out, rub it all over the uncovered parts of the turkey.
- Roast for 30 minutes, then baste turkey with liquid from roasting pan.
- Add ½ the remaining butter over the cheesecloth.
- Reduce temperature to 350 degrees.
- Cook for 1 hour, then baste again with pan juices.
- Cook 1 more hour, then baste again.
- Remove the cheesecloth and brush the remaining butter carefully over the turkey.
- Cook for 30 minutes.
- Let rest 20 minutes tented loosely with foil before carving.
Butter Blanketed Turkey Variations
- Herbs: Add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme to the cavity of your turkey for layers of herbed flavor throughout. Season the second half of melted butter with dried herbs for an extra flavorful butter mixture.
- Aromatics: You can stuff the turkey cavity with aromatics like lemon wedges, green apple quarters, onion wedges, celery pieces, garlic cloves, or chopped carrots.
- Seasonings: Season the melted butter or rub the turkey with different spices like teaspoon paprika, chili powder, marjoram, or poultry seasoning blends. Swap 1 cup of chicken broth with dry white wine, dry red wine, or apple cider vinegar and add ½ cup of dry white wine to the melted butter for more layers of flavor.