Simple Roast Turkey with Rich Turkey Gravy

180 mins (prep 30)
9 ingredients
12 (with leftovers)
This is the ultimate turkey lover's turkey—no bells and whistles, just a succulent bird with crispy skin and plenty of delicious gravy. It's also great for first-timers, since there's no fussing with brines or glazes and no stuffing the cavity. Plus, it's done in under 4 hours.

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  • 1 (16-lb) turkey at room temperature 1 hour, any feathers and quills removed with tweezers or needlenose pliers, and neck and giblets removed and reserved for another use if desired
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 7 to 8 cups turkey stock
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • special equipment: 2 small metal skewers; kitchen string; a 17- by 14-inch flameproof roasting pan with a flat rack; an instant-read thermometer; a 2-qt glass measuring cup


Serving Size (189.06 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 268.02 Calories from Fat 115.29
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12.81g 236.52%
Saturated Fat 3.86g 231.79%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 104.89mg 419.57%
Sodium 2007.51mg 1003.75%
Total Carbohydrate 8.58g 34.31%
Dietary Fiber 0.53 g 25.48%
Sugars 1.58 g %
Protein 27.52g 660.45%
Vitamin A 15.13IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 61.17mg% Iron 2.17mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
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