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Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

CookingAddic Everyone loves the turkey at Thanksgiving, even the turkey hater! I've now been named the official Thanksgiving Turkey Maker in our family. I been preparing turkey for almost 2 decades. If you are looking for the best juicy turkey recipe, this is it!!! You found it:) Now you can make the best turkey dinner for your family.

Important to follow to get the juicy turkey:

  1. Buy turkey on Monday.
  2. Defrost by Wednesday
  3. Marinade on Wednesday night
  4. Cook 3-4 hours on Thanksgiving day


  • 9 1/2 lbs Turkey
  • 2 apples
  • 2 med-small onions

Marinade for smaller turkey: 

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing 
  • 1 1/3 tbs Sea salt  
  • 1 tbs vegeta optional ( it has salt in it too)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 full head of garlic minced

Marinade: For large 25 lbs turkey 
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 3/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1.5 to 2 tbs salt
  • 1 heaping tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 heapng tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp or to your taste black pepper
  • 1 1/2 full head of garlic minced
  • Vegeta is optional 2-3 tsp

You can use all your favorite spices in the marinade.

I bought a small turkey to post my recipe before the Thanksgiving. I usually make the biggest turkey for our Thanksgiving dinner party.
 First defrost the turkey. Rinse it well.

Cut apples and onion into large chunks like 1 inch in size.
Mix all the spices, garlic with mayo and ranch.

Spread the marinade under the skin on the breast.
Spread in the front under the skin too. I used a spoon  top make it easier.

 Spread under the turkey.
Spread all over. 

Even inside of the turkey.  
Stuff it with onion and apples. It makes it so juicy!!! 

Even by neck area too. 
Cover with foil completely. LEAVE IT IN THE GARAGE OVERNIGHT TO MARINADE.  You can use a turkey bag, to bake, it works out great too. 

Next day bake covered turkey for 3 hrs (10 lbs turkey), 4 hrs for 20-25 lbs turkey. Bake on 375 F for 1 hr then on 350 the rest. Open it 15 min before ending time and let it brown for a little bit. I take out apples and onion then I stuff turkey with  Trader Joe's Harvest Grains Blend.  

This is 25 lbs turkey. 
I filled the turkey with cous cous. Added carrots, corn, bell pepper, yellow zucchini and green onion. 


Happy Thanksgiving!



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