This is the EASIEST Turkey recipe to make because you only need 4 ingredients and these helpful tips! Make this your Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey and fear not to make turkey with this easy step-by-step tutorial!
10lbTurkeythawed, rinsed and patted dry
How to make Easiest Turkey:
Make sure you are working with a thawed turkey. Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove the giblets. Rinse and pat dry turkey.
Combine the mayo and spices. Rub all over turkey including the cavity. Place turkey neck back inside cavity (that's meaty too.)
Place turkey into a large roasting pan with removable rack. Pour 2 quarts of water onto the bottom of pan.
Roast turkey 1 hour uncovered. Then reduce heat to 325°F and bake for an additional 2 1/2 hours or until done. Allow turkey to rest 20 minutes before serving. Save liquid for gravy if desired.
To make this turkey for a large crowd with gravy: Bring leftover pan juices to a boil in a large pot (add more water to make 2 quarts if your broth evaporated.) Meanwhile in a separate bowl make a slurry by slowly stirring in 3 cups of cold water to 1 1/4 cups flour. Add slurry to broth and season with 1 tsp of salt and pepper and 1/2 Tbsp of onion and garlic powder. Add all the shredded turkey meat to gravy and keep warm until serving. To make gravy: If desiring to make regular side gravy from the pan juices follow recipe above only cut in half. Substitute for Lawry's Seasoning: Can make your own spice by combining garlic, onion powder, salt, paprika pepper, and sugar totaling 2 TBSP.