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This One Ingredient Will Make Your Thanksgiving Turkey Skin Super Crispy

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Although some cooks and chefs swear by it, I’ve never been a fan of wet-brining my Thanksgiving turkey. Here’s why:

One: I think the amount of effort, planning, and time that goes into wet-brining is, well, quite obnoxious.

Two: I think the inherent meatiness of the turkey is diluted by the water; in fact, culinary genius Harold McGee tells us, “Brined meats end up gaining 10 percent or more of their original weight in water and salt.” That doesn’t work for me; I need that meaty flavor.

Three: You can’t make gravy with the roast drippings! They are intensely salty and therefore unusable.

Even with all those convincing negatives, the primary reason I don’t wet-brine my Thanksgiving turkey is that I use a baking powder and salt mixture and just watch scientific cooking magic happen.

Yes, you read right: I said baking powder.

A dry brine made with one part baking powder and three parts salt is the not-so-secret secret to super crispy turkey skin and tender, juicy meat.

I first learned this technique from Serious Eats master J. Kenji López-Alt (thanks to him I spatchcock my bird, too), and I will probably never, ever cook my turkey any other way.

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Once the bird is evenly and sufficiently rubbed, it then sits, uncovered, in the fridge for 24 hours (or three days covered lightly with plastic wrap), during which the baking powder reacts with the juices in the turkey to create a tiny layer of carbon dioxide bubbles on the surface. These bubbles help the skin to brown evenly and achieve that ultra-crispy (and sometimes excitingly crunchy) skin. The baking powder also raises the turkey’s pH levels, making it more alkaline; this works to relax the proteins and help the bird retain its natural moisture. When cooked, this translates into soft and irresistibly moist meat.

This technique is incredibly easy; just make sure you have enough space in your fridge to store the bird, and check ahead of time that your oven is big enough (I’m looking at you, tiny New York City apartment appliances!) to allow hot air to circulate around the bird for optimum browning and crisping effect.


Super Simple 5 Ingredient Turkey

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Take some serious stress out of Thanksgiving this year by making a super simple and delicious turkey…with only 5 ingredients!!

So I know the thought of making a whole turkey is daunting. I mean, it was for me! Is it going to turn out? Will it taste good? Will I ruin Thanksgiving? That’s a lot of pressure!! But with these easy instructions and amazing ingredients, you’ll make a turkey everyone will love, and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be requesting you be on bird duty for years and years to come.

A few years ago, Thanksgiving morning rolls around and we (my three sisters, mom, and I ) go downstairs to start making the meal. My little sisters had gone grocery shopping the day before so we were all ready to start pitching in and making that evenings’ dinner. I go to the fridge (my mom has a fridge in the garage … this is genius and I want a cool or fridge in our garage, but sadly our house is just too small) and I don’t see a turkey. I ask my sisters “where’s the turkey?” and they come and show me where it is…except…wait for it…IT’S TWO SMALL DUCKS! Lol…that’s what you get when you send a vegetarian to the store (my little sister has been vegetarian since birth, but the rest of my family eats meat, clearly.)

With guests coming that evening expecting a turkey, not duck a l’orange, I headed to the nearest grocery store in search of a turkey.

My beacon of light? My saving grace? ALDI to the rescue (no joke though, ALDI is amazing and has turkeys at unbeatable prices!)

With my real turkey in hand (omg they’re so heavy you guys!) I headed home.

Even with the turkey being frozen, I was able to prep it, remove the giblets (they need to just not put these things in turkeys, I’ll tell you about my battle trying to get them out in a second), bake it and have it ready in time for guests.

So this year, volunteer to make the turkey! I’m here to tell you have nothing to worry about, you CAN make an amazing tasting turkey with only 5 ingredients and there is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you see the end result!

Now let me walk you through how to make this bird (and can I just say, at every step of the process I was squealing with delight and announcing to my hubby what was happening, I’m sure he loved the constant updates). The process starts from the turkey being completely frozen (yes, I googled from the store if it was ok to cook a frozen turkey…the answer is yes you can! You will just need to make sure that you take out the giblets in the little bag so the plastic they’re in doesn’t melt) and the first thing you’ll do is make sure one side of your sink is clean, then put the biggest bowl you own in the sink, then put the turkey in the bowl and cut the plastic off and run hot water over the turkey*. Do so for 30 minutes, then flip it, and run water on the other side for another 30 minutes.

The only reason you need to defrost it is because you need to get out the giblets (and I took out the neck too!) You may need a little longer or a little less time for removal (I was impatient and so I was sitting there with a butter knife trying to dislodge the sack of giblets (what a gross word btw lol), but once you have them out, you’re good to go!

Now take your turkey and put him (I’m calling it a him, but it could very well be a her lol) in a baking dish. I like to use the aluminum ones you can throw away afterwards…who has room for a giant turkey roasting pan? Not I, I can tell you that much!

I’d like to tell you that while the turkey was defrosting I prepped the other ingredients, but I didn’t, because they only take 2 seconds to do! In a measuring cup measure out 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and ½ Cup Soy sauce.

You’ll also need to chop one garlic clove in half, and then clean a few pieces of garlic from another clove and cut the remaining cloves in half. Now comes the fun part, stuff the garlic halves into the cavity of the turkey, and then slide cut up garlic clove slices under the skin.

Next you’ll pour the olive oil and soy sauce mixture over the turkey, then you’ll liberally season it with the seasoning, and then cover it with aluminum foil.

Then bake the turkey for an hour, remove the foil, baste the turkey, then keep taking the turkey out and basting it ever hour (mine took a total of 4 hours) and bake it until a thermometer reads 170-180 degrees.

A little trick my mom taught me…cover the bottom of the serving plate in parsley before you put the turkey on it, it will hide all the juices on the plate! Genius, and it actually works!

And then, then you put the turkey on the plate, and you slice and enjoy. The turkey is super juicy on the inside, and has a crispy garlicy skin on the outside….so good!

In case the above was too many pictures to scroll over, I’ve put the instructions together for you visually so you know how to make a super simple 5 ingredient turkey:

After trying some of this turkey, my hubby said ‘this is legit, like really really good!’ So there you have it, a legit turkey lol! And of course, since it’s only 5 ingredients, it’s perfect for this weeks’ Five Ingredient Friday (stay tuned next week as I share a bunch of amazing Thanksgiving recipes which will leave you super prepared for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner!)

I’m dying to know…are you a dark or light meat person? Have you ever made a whole turkey?


Super Simple 5 Ingredient Turkey

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my privacy policy for details.

Take some serious stress out of Thanksgiving this year by making a super simple and delicious turkey…with only 5 ingredients!!

So I know the thought of making a whole turkey is daunting. I mean, it was for me! Is it going to turn out? Will it taste good? Will I ruin Thanksgiving? That’s a lot of pressure!! But with these easy instructions and amazing ingredients, you’ll make a turkey everyone will love, and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be requesting you be on bird duty for years and years to come.

A few years ago, Thanksgiving morning rolls around and we (my three sisters, mom, and I ) go downstairs to start making the meal. My little sisters had gone grocery shopping the day before so we were all ready to start pitching in and making that evenings’ dinner. I go to the fridge (my mom has a fridge in the garage … this is genius and I want a cool or fridge in our garage, but sadly our house is just too small) and I don’t see a turkey. I ask my sisters “where’s the turkey?” and they come and show me where it is…except…wait for it…IT’S TWO SMALL DUCKS! Lol…that’s what you get when you send a vegetarian to the store (my little sister has been vegetarian since birth, but the rest of my family eats meat, clearly.)

With guests coming that evening expecting a turkey, not duck a l’orange, I headed to the nearest grocery store in search of a turkey.

My beacon of light? My saving grace? ALDI to the rescue (no joke though, ALDI is amazing and has turkeys at unbeatable prices!)

With my real turkey in hand (omg they’re so heavy you guys!) I headed home.

Even with the turkey being frozen, I was able to prep it, remove the giblets (they need to just not put these things in turkeys, I’ll tell you about my battle trying to get them out in a second), bake it and have it ready in time for guests.

So this year, volunteer to make the turkey! I’m here to tell you have nothing to worry about, you CAN make an amazing tasting turkey with only 5 ingredients and there is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you see the end result!

Now let me walk you through how to make this bird (and can I just say, at every step of the process I was squealing with delight and announcing to my hubby what was happening, I’m sure he loved the constant updates). The process starts from the turkey being completely frozen (yes, I googled from the store if it was ok to cook a frozen turkey…the answer is yes you can! You will just need to make sure that you take out the giblets in the little bag so the plastic they’re in doesn’t melt) and the first thing you’ll do is make sure one side of your sink is clean, then put the biggest bowl you own in the sink, then put the turkey in the bowl and cut the plastic off and run hot water over the turkey*. Do so for 30 minutes, then flip it, and run water on the other side for another 30 minutes.

The only reason you need to defrost it is because you need to get out the giblets (and I took out the neck too!) You may need a little longer or a little less time for removal (I was impatient and so I was sitting there with a butter knife trying to dislodge the sack of giblets (what a gross word btw lol), but once you have them out, you’re good to go!

Now take your turkey and put him (I’m calling it a him, but it could very well be a her lol) in a baking dish. I like to use the aluminum ones you can throw away afterwards…who has room for a giant turkey roasting pan? Not I, I can tell you that much!

I’d like to tell you that while the turkey was defrosting I prepped the other ingredients, but I didn’t, because they only take 2 seconds to do! In a measuring cup measure out 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and ½ Cup Soy sauce.

You’ll also need to chop one garlic clove in half, and then clean a few pieces of garlic from another clove and cut the remaining cloves in half. Now comes the fun part, stuff the garlic halves into the cavity of the turkey, and then slide cut up garlic clove slices under the skin.

Next you’ll pour the olive oil and soy sauce mixture over the turkey, then you’ll liberally season it with the seasoning, and then cover it with aluminum foil.

Then bake the turkey for an hour, remove the foil, baste the turkey, then keep taking the turkey out and basting it ever hour (mine took a total of 4 hours) and bake it until a thermometer reads 170-180 degrees.

A little trick my mom taught me…cover the bottom of the serving plate in parsley before you put the turkey on it, it will hide all the juices on the plate! Genius, and it actually works!

And then, then you put the turkey on the plate, and you slice and enjoy. The turkey is super juicy on the inside, and has a crispy garlicy skin on the outside….so good!

In case the above was too many pictures to scroll over, I’ve put the instructions together for you visually so you know how to make a super simple 5 ingredient turkey:

After trying some of this turkey, my hubby said ‘this is legit, like really really good!’ So there you have it, a legit turkey lol! And of course, since it’s only 5 ingredients, it’s perfect for this weeks’ Five Ingredient Friday (stay tuned next week as I share a bunch of amazing Thanksgiving recipes which will leave you super prepared for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner!)

I’m dying to know…are you a dark or light meat person? Have you ever made a whole turkey?


Super Simple 5 Ingredient Turkey

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my privacy policy for details.

Take some serious stress out of Thanksgiving this year by making a super simple and delicious turkey…with only 5 ingredients!!

So I know the thought of making a whole turkey is daunting. I mean, it was for me! Is it going to turn out? Will it taste good? Will I ruin Thanksgiving? That’s a lot of pressure!! But with these easy instructions and amazing ingredients, you’ll make a turkey everyone will love, and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be requesting you be on bird duty for years and years to come.

A few years ago, Thanksgiving morning rolls around and we (my three sisters, mom, and I ) go downstairs to start making the meal. My little sisters had gone grocery shopping the day before so we were all ready to start pitching in and making that evenings’ dinner. I go to the fridge (my mom has a fridge in the garage … this is genius and I want a cool or fridge in our garage, but sadly our house is just too small) and I don’t see a turkey. I ask my sisters “where’s the turkey?” and they come and show me where it is…except…wait for it…IT’S TWO SMALL DUCKS! Lol…that’s what you get when you send a vegetarian to the store (my little sister has been vegetarian since birth, but the rest of my family eats meat, clearly.)

With guests coming that evening expecting a turkey, not duck a l’orange, I headed to the nearest grocery store in search of a turkey.

My beacon of light? My saving grace? ALDI to the rescue (no joke though, ALDI is amazing and has turkeys at unbeatable prices!)

With my real turkey in hand (omg they’re so heavy you guys!) I headed home.

Even with the turkey being frozen, I was able to prep it, remove the giblets (they need to just not put these things in turkeys, I’ll tell you about my battle trying to get them out in a second), bake it and have it ready in time for guests.

So this year, volunteer to make the turkey! I’m here to tell you have nothing to worry about, you CAN make an amazing tasting turkey with only 5 ingredients and there is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you see the end result!

Now let me walk you through how to make this bird (and can I just say, at every step of the process I was squealing with delight and announcing to my hubby what was happening, I’m sure he loved the constant updates). The process starts from the turkey being completely frozen (yes, I googled from the store if it was ok to cook a frozen turkey…the answer is yes you can! You will just need to make sure that you take out the giblets in the little bag so the plastic they’re in doesn’t melt) and the first thing you’ll do is make sure one side of your sink is clean, then put the biggest bowl you own in the sink, then put the turkey in the bowl and cut the plastic off and run hot water over the turkey*. Do so for 30 minutes, then flip it, and run water on the other side for another 30 minutes.

The only reason you need to defrost it is because you need to get out the giblets (and I took out the neck too!) You may need a little longer or a little less time for removal (I was impatient and so I was sitting there with a butter knife trying to dislodge the sack of giblets (what a gross word btw lol), but once you have them out, you’re good to go!

Now take your turkey and put him (I’m calling it a him, but it could very well be a her lol) in a baking dish. I like to use the aluminum ones you can throw away afterwards…who has room for a giant turkey roasting pan? Not I, I can tell you that much!

I’d like to tell you that while the turkey was defrosting I prepped the other ingredients, but I didn’t, because they only take 2 seconds to do! In a measuring cup measure out 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and ½ Cup Soy sauce.

You’ll also need to chop one garlic clove in half, and then clean a few pieces of garlic from another clove and cut the remaining cloves in half. Now comes the fun part, stuff the garlic halves into the cavity of the turkey, and then slide cut up garlic clove slices under the skin.

Next you’ll pour the olive oil and soy sauce mixture over the turkey, then you’ll liberally season it with the seasoning, and then cover it with aluminum foil.

Then bake the turkey for an hour, remove the foil, baste the turkey, then keep taking the turkey out and basting it ever hour (mine took a total of 4 hours) and bake it until a thermometer reads 170-180 degrees.

A little trick my mom taught me…cover the bottom of the serving plate in parsley before you put the turkey on it, it will hide all the juices on the plate! Genius, and it actually works!

And then, then you put the turkey on the plate, and you slice and enjoy. The turkey is super juicy on the inside, and has a crispy garlicy skin on the outside….so good!

In case the above was too many pictures to scroll over, I’ve put the instructions together for you visually so you know how to make a super simple 5 ingredient turkey:

After trying some of this turkey, my hubby said ‘this is legit, like really really good!’ So there you have it, a legit turkey lol! And of course, since it’s only 5 ingredients, it’s perfect for this weeks’ Five Ingredient Friday (stay tuned next week as I share a bunch of amazing Thanksgiving recipes which will leave you super prepared for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner!)

I’m dying to know…are you a dark or light meat person? Have you ever made a whole turkey?


Super Simple 5 Ingredient Turkey

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my privacy policy for details.

Take some serious stress out of Thanksgiving this year by making a super simple and delicious turkey…with only 5 ingredients!!

So I know the thought of making a whole turkey is daunting. I mean, it was for me! Is it going to turn out? Will it taste good? Will I ruin Thanksgiving? That’s a lot of pressure!! But with these easy instructions and amazing ingredients, you’ll make a turkey everyone will love, and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be requesting you be on bird duty for years and years to come.

A few years ago, Thanksgiving morning rolls around and we (my three sisters, mom, and I ) go downstairs to start making the meal. My little sisters had gone grocery shopping the day before so we were all ready to start pitching in and making that evenings’ dinner. I go to the fridge (my mom has a fridge in the garage … this is genius and I want a cool or fridge in our garage, but sadly our house is just too small) and I don’t see a turkey. I ask my sisters “where’s the turkey?” and they come and show me where it is…except…wait for it…IT’S TWO SMALL DUCKS! Lol…that’s what you get when you send a vegetarian to the store (my little sister has been vegetarian since birth, but the rest of my family eats meat, clearly.)

With guests coming that evening expecting a turkey, not duck a l’orange, I headed to the nearest grocery store in search of a turkey.

My beacon of light? My saving grace? ALDI to the rescue (no joke though, ALDI is amazing and has turkeys at unbeatable prices!)

With my real turkey in hand (omg they’re so heavy you guys!) I headed home.

Even with the turkey being frozen, I was able to prep it, remove the giblets (they need to just not put these things in turkeys, I’ll tell you about my battle trying to get them out in a second), bake it and have it ready in time for guests.

So this year, volunteer to make the turkey! I’m here to tell you have nothing to worry about, you CAN make an amazing tasting turkey with only 5 ingredients and there is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you see the end result!

Now let me walk you through how to make this bird (and can I just say, at every step of the process I was squealing with delight and announcing to my hubby what was happening, I’m sure he loved the constant updates). The process starts from the turkey being completely frozen (yes, I googled from the store if it was ok to cook a frozen turkey…the answer is yes you can! You will just need to make sure that you take out the giblets in the little bag so the plastic they’re in doesn’t melt) and the first thing you’ll do is make sure one side of your sink is clean, then put the biggest bowl you own in the sink, then put the turkey in the bowl and cut the plastic off and run hot water over the turkey*. Do so for 30 minutes, then flip it, and run water on the other side for another 30 minutes.

The only reason you need to defrost it is because you need to get out the giblets (and I took out the neck too!) You may need a little longer or a little less time for removal (I was impatient and so I was sitting there with a butter knife trying to dislodge the sack of giblets (what a gross word btw lol), but once you have them out, you’re good to go!

Now take your turkey and put him (I’m calling it a him, but it could very well be a her lol) in a baking dish. I like to use the aluminum ones you can throw away afterwards…who has room for a giant turkey roasting pan? Not I, I can tell you that much!

I’d like to tell you that while the turkey was defrosting I prepped the other ingredients, but I didn’t, because they only take 2 seconds to do! In a measuring cup measure out 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and ½ Cup Soy sauce.

You’ll also need to chop one garlic clove in half, and then clean a few pieces of garlic from another clove and cut the remaining cloves in half. Now comes the fun part, stuff the garlic halves into the cavity of the turkey, and then slide cut up garlic clove slices under the skin.

Next you’ll pour the olive oil and soy sauce mixture over the turkey, then you’ll liberally season it with the seasoning, and then cover it with aluminum foil.

Then bake the turkey for an hour, remove the foil, baste the turkey, then keep taking the turkey out and basting it ever hour (mine took a total of 4 hours) and bake it until a thermometer reads 170-180 degrees.

A little trick my mom taught me…cover the bottom of the serving plate in parsley before you put the turkey on it, it will hide all the juices on the plate! Genius, and it actually works!

And then, then you put the turkey on the plate, and you slice and enjoy. The turkey is super juicy on the inside, and has a crispy garlicy skin on the outside….so good!

In case the above was too many pictures to scroll over, I’ve put the instructions together for you visually so you know how to make a super simple 5 ingredient turkey:

After trying some of this turkey, my hubby said ‘this is legit, like really really good!’ So there you have it, a legit turkey lol! And of course, since it’s only 5 ingredients, it’s perfect for this weeks’ Five Ingredient Friday (stay tuned next week as I share a bunch of amazing Thanksgiving recipes which will leave you super prepared for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner!)

I’m dying to know…are you a dark or light meat person? Have you ever made a whole turkey?


Super Simple 5 Ingredient Turkey

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my privacy policy for details.

Take some serious stress out of Thanksgiving this year by making a super simple and delicious turkey…with only 5 ingredients!!

So I know the thought of making a whole turkey is daunting. I mean, it was for me! Is it going to turn out? Will it taste good? Will I ruin Thanksgiving? That’s a lot of pressure!! But with these easy instructions and amazing ingredients, you’ll make a turkey everyone will love, and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be requesting you be on bird duty for years and years to come.

A few years ago, Thanksgiving morning rolls around and we (my three sisters, mom, and I ) go downstairs to start making the meal. My little sisters had gone grocery shopping the day before so we were all ready to start pitching in and making that evenings’ dinner. I go to the fridge (my mom has a fridge in the garage … this is genius and I want a cool or fridge in our garage, but sadly our house is just too small) and I don’t see a turkey. I ask my sisters “where’s the turkey?” and they come and show me where it is…except…wait for it…IT’S TWO SMALL DUCKS! Lol…that’s what you get when you send a vegetarian to the store (my little sister has been vegetarian since birth, but the rest of my family eats meat, clearly.)

With guests coming that evening expecting a turkey, not duck a l’orange, I headed to the nearest grocery store in search of a turkey.

My beacon of light? My saving grace? ALDI to the rescue (no joke though, ALDI is amazing and has turkeys at unbeatable prices!)

With my real turkey in hand (omg they’re so heavy you guys!) I headed home.

Even with the turkey being frozen, I was able to prep it, remove the giblets (they need to just not put these things in turkeys, I’ll tell you about my battle trying to get them out in a second), bake it and have it ready in time for guests.

So this year, volunteer to make the turkey! I’m here to tell you have nothing to worry about, you CAN make an amazing tasting turkey with only 5 ingredients and there is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you see the end result!

Now let me walk you through how to make this bird (and can I just say, at every step of the process I was squealing with delight and announcing to my hubby what was happening, I’m sure he loved the constant updates). The process starts from the turkey being completely frozen (yes, I googled from the store if it was ok to cook a frozen turkey…the answer is yes you can! You will just need to make sure that you take out the giblets in the little bag so the plastic they’re in doesn’t melt) and the first thing you’ll do is make sure one side of your sink is clean, then put the biggest bowl you own in the sink, then put the turkey in the bowl and cut the plastic off and run hot water over the turkey*. Do so for 30 minutes, then flip it, and run water on the other side for another 30 minutes.

The only reason you need to defrost it is because you need to get out the giblets (and I took out the neck too!) You may need a little longer or a little less time for removal (I was impatient and so I was sitting there with a butter knife trying to dislodge the sack of giblets (what a gross word btw lol), but once you have them out, you’re good to go!

Now take your turkey and put him (I’m calling it a him, but it could very well be a her lol) in a baking dish. I like to use the aluminum ones you can throw away afterwards…who has room for a giant turkey roasting pan? Not I, I can tell you that much!

I’d like to tell you that while the turkey was defrosting I prepped the other ingredients, but I didn’t, because they only take 2 seconds to do! In a measuring cup measure out 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and ½ Cup Soy sauce.

You’ll also need to chop one garlic clove in half, and then clean a few pieces of garlic from another clove and cut the remaining cloves in half. Now comes the fun part, stuff the garlic halves into the cavity of the turkey, and then slide cut up garlic clove slices under the skin.

Next you’ll pour the olive oil and soy sauce mixture over the turkey, then you’ll liberally season it with the seasoning, and then cover it with aluminum foil.

Then bake the turkey for an hour, remove the foil, baste the turkey, then keep taking the turkey out and basting it ever hour (mine took a total of 4 hours) and bake it until a thermometer reads 170-180 degrees.

A little trick my mom taught me…cover the bottom of the serving plate in parsley before you put the turkey on it, it will hide all the juices on the plate! Genius, and it actually works!

And then, then you put the turkey on the plate, and you slice and enjoy. The turkey is super juicy on the inside, and has a crispy garlicy skin on the outside….so good!

In case the above was too many pictures to scroll over, I’ve put the instructions together for you visually so you know how to make a super simple 5 ingredient turkey:

After trying some of this turkey, my hubby said ‘this is legit, like really really good!’ So there you have it, a legit turkey lol! And of course, since it’s only 5 ingredients, it’s perfect for this weeks’ Five Ingredient Friday (stay tuned next week as I share a bunch of amazing Thanksgiving recipes which will leave you super prepared for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner!)

I’m dying to know…are you a dark or light meat person? Have you ever made a whole turkey?


Super Simple 5 Ingredient Turkey

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my privacy policy for details.

Take some serious stress out of Thanksgiving this year by making a super simple and delicious turkey…with only 5 ingredients!!

So I know the thought of making a whole turkey is daunting. I mean, it was for me! Is it going to turn out? Will it taste good? Will I ruin Thanksgiving? That’s a lot of pressure!! But with these easy instructions and amazing ingredients, you’ll make a turkey everyone will love, and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be requesting you be on bird duty for years and years to come.

A few years ago, Thanksgiving morning rolls around and we (my three sisters, mom, and I ) go downstairs to start making the meal. My little sisters had gone grocery shopping the day before so we were all ready to start pitching in and making that evenings’ dinner. I go to the fridge (my mom has a fridge in the garage … this is genius and I want a cool or fridge in our garage, but sadly our house is just too small) and I don’t see a turkey. I ask my sisters “where’s the turkey?” and they come and show me where it is…except…wait for it…IT’S TWO SMALL DUCKS! Lol…that’s what you get when you send a vegetarian to the store (my little sister has been vegetarian since birth, but the rest of my family eats meat, clearly.)

With guests coming that evening expecting a turkey, not duck a l’orange, I headed to the nearest grocery store in search of a turkey.

My beacon of light? My saving grace? ALDI to the rescue (no joke though, ALDI is amazing and has turkeys at unbeatable prices!)

With my real turkey in hand (omg they’re so heavy you guys!) I headed home.

Even with the turkey being frozen, I was able to prep it, remove the giblets (they need to just not put these things in turkeys, I’ll tell you about my battle trying to get them out in a second), bake it and have it ready in time for guests.

So this year, volunteer to make the turkey! I’m here to tell you have nothing to worry about, you CAN make an amazing tasting turkey with only 5 ingredients and there is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you see the end result!

Now let me walk you through how to make this bird (and can I just say, at every step of the process I was squealing with delight and announcing to my hubby what was happening, I’m sure he loved the constant updates). The process starts from the turkey being completely frozen (yes, I googled from the store if it was ok to cook a frozen turkey…the answer is yes you can! You will just need to make sure that you take out the giblets in the little bag so the plastic they’re in doesn’t melt) and the first thing you’ll do is make sure one side of your sink is clean, then put the biggest bowl you own in the sink, then put the turkey in the bowl and cut the plastic off and run hot water over the turkey*. Do so for 30 minutes, then flip it, and run water on the other side for another 30 minutes.

The only reason you need to defrost it is because you need to get out the giblets (and I took out the neck too!) You may need a little longer or a little less time for removal (I was impatient and so I was sitting there with a butter knife trying to dislodge the sack of giblets (what a gross word btw lol), but once you have them out, you’re good to go!

Now take your turkey and put him (I’m calling it a him, but it could very well be a her lol) in a baking dish. I like to use the aluminum ones you can throw away afterwards…who has room for a giant turkey roasting pan? Not I, I can tell you that much!

I’d like to tell you that while the turkey was defrosting I prepped the other ingredients, but I didn’t, because they only take 2 seconds to do! In a measuring cup measure out 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and ½ Cup Soy sauce.

You’ll also need to chop one garlic clove in half, and then clean a few pieces of garlic from another clove and cut the remaining cloves in half. Now comes the fun part, stuff the garlic halves into the cavity of the turkey, and then slide cut up garlic clove slices under the skin.

Next you’ll pour the olive oil and soy sauce mixture over the turkey, then you’ll liberally season it with the seasoning, and then cover it with aluminum foil.

Then bake the turkey for an hour, remove the foil, baste the turkey, then keep taking the turkey out and basting it ever hour (mine took a total of 4 hours) and bake it until a thermometer reads 170-180 degrees.

A little trick my mom taught me…cover the bottom of the serving plate in parsley before you put the turkey on it, it will hide all the juices on the plate! Genius, and it actually works!

And then, then you put the turkey on the plate, and you slice and enjoy. The turkey is super juicy on the inside, and has a crispy garlicy skin on the outside….so good!

In case the above was too many pictures to scroll over, I’ve put the instructions together for you visually so you know how to make a super simple 5 ingredient turkey:

After trying some of this turkey, my hubby said ‘this is legit, like really really good!’ So there you have it, a legit turkey lol! And of course, since it’s only 5 ingredients, it’s perfect for this weeks’ Five Ingredient Friday (stay tuned next week as I share a bunch of amazing Thanksgiving recipes which will leave you super prepared for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner!)

I’m dying to know…are you a dark or light meat person? Have you ever made a whole turkey?


Super Simple 5 Ingredient Turkey

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my privacy policy for details.

Take some serious stress out of Thanksgiving this year by making a super simple and delicious turkey…with only 5 ingredients!!

So I know the thought of making a whole turkey is daunting. I mean, it was for me! Is it going to turn out? Will it taste good? Will I ruin Thanksgiving? That’s a lot of pressure!! But with these easy instructions and amazing ingredients, you’ll make a turkey everyone will love, and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be requesting you be on bird duty for years and years to come.

A few years ago, Thanksgiving morning rolls around and we (my three sisters, mom, and I ) go downstairs to start making the meal. My little sisters had gone grocery shopping the day before so we were all ready to start pitching in and making that evenings’ dinner. I go to the fridge (my mom has a fridge in the garage … this is genius and I want a cool or fridge in our garage, but sadly our house is just too small) and I don’t see a turkey. I ask my sisters “where’s the turkey?” and they come and show me where it is…except…wait for it…IT’S TWO SMALL DUCKS! Lol…that’s what you get when you send a vegetarian to the store (my little sister has been vegetarian since birth, but the rest of my family eats meat, clearly.)

With guests coming that evening expecting a turkey, not duck a l’orange, I headed to the nearest grocery store in search of a turkey.

My beacon of light? My saving grace? ALDI to the rescue (no joke though, ALDI is amazing and has turkeys at unbeatable prices!)

With my real turkey in hand (omg they’re so heavy you guys!) I headed home.

Even with the turkey being frozen, I was able to prep it, remove the giblets (they need to just not put these things in turkeys, I’ll tell you about my battle trying to get them out in a second), bake it and have it ready in time for guests.

So this year, volunteer to make the turkey! I’m here to tell you have nothing to worry about, you CAN make an amazing tasting turkey with only 5 ingredients and there is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you see the end result!

Now let me walk you through how to make this bird (and can I just say, at every step of the process I was squealing with delight and announcing to my hubby what was happening, I’m sure he loved the constant updates). The process starts from the turkey being completely frozen (yes, I googled from the store if it was ok to cook a frozen turkey…the answer is yes you can! You will just need to make sure that you take out the giblets in the little bag so the plastic they’re in doesn’t melt) and the first thing you’ll do is make sure one side of your sink is clean, then put the biggest bowl you own in the sink, then put the turkey in the bowl and cut the plastic off and run hot water over the turkey*. Do so for 30 minutes, then flip it, and run water on the other side for another 30 minutes.

The only reason you need to defrost it is because you need to get out the giblets (and I took out the neck too!) You may need a little longer or a little less time for removal (I was impatient and so I was sitting there with a butter knife trying to dislodge the sack of giblets (what a gross word btw lol), but once you have them out, you’re good to go!

Now take your turkey and put him (I’m calling it a him, but it could very well be a her lol) in a baking dish. I like to use the aluminum ones you can throw away afterwards…who has room for a giant turkey roasting pan? Not I, I can tell you that much!

I’d like to tell you that while the turkey was defrosting I prepped the other ingredients, but I didn’t, because they only take 2 seconds to do! In a measuring cup measure out 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and ½ Cup Soy sauce.

You’ll also need to chop one garlic clove in half, and then clean a few pieces of garlic from another clove and cut the remaining cloves in half. Now comes the fun part, stuff the garlic halves into the cavity of the turkey, and then slide cut up garlic clove slices under the skin.

Next you’ll pour the olive oil and soy sauce mixture over the turkey, then you’ll liberally season it with the seasoning, and then cover it with aluminum foil.

Then bake the turkey for an hour, remove the foil, baste the turkey, then keep taking the turkey out and basting it ever hour (mine took a total of 4 hours) and bake it until a thermometer reads 170-180 degrees.

A little trick my mom taught me…cover the bottom of the serving plate in parsley before you put the turkey on it, it will hide all the juices on the plate! Genius, and it actually works!

And then, then you put the turkey on the plate, and you slice and enjoy. The turkey is super juicy on the inside, and has a crispy garlicy skin on the outside….so good!

In case the above was too many pictures to scroll over, I’ve put the instructions together for you visually so you know how to make a super simple 5 ingredient turkey:

After trying some of this turkey, my hubby said ‘this is legit, like really really good!’ So there you have it, a legit turkey lol! And of course, since it’s only 5 ingredients, it’s perfect for this weeks’ Five Ingredient Friday (stay tuned next week as I share a bunch of amazing Thanksgiving recipes which will leave you super prepared for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner!)

I’m dying to know…are you a dark or light meat person? Have you ever made a whole turkey?


Super Simple 5 Ingredient Turkey

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my privacy policy for details.

Take some serious stress out of Thanksgiving this year by making a super simple and delicious turkey…with only 5 ingredients!!

So I know the thought of making a whole turkey is daunting. I mean, it was for me! Is it going to turn out? Will it taste good? Will I ruin Thanksgiving? That’s a lot of pressure!! But with these easy instructions and amazing ingredients, you’ll make a turkey everyone will love, and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be requesting you be on bird duty for years and years to come.

A few years ago, Thanksgiving morning rolls around and we (my three sisters, mom, and I ) go downstairs to start making the meal. My little sisters had gone grocery shopping the day before so we were all ready to start pitching in and making that evenings’ dinner. I go to the fridge (my mom has a fridge in the garage … this is genius and I want a cool or fridge in our garage, but sadly our house is just too small) and I don’t see a turkey. I ask my sisters “where’s the turkey?” and they come and show me where it is…except…wait for it…IT’S TWO SMALL DUCKS! Lol…that’s what you get when you send a vegetarian to the store (my little sister has been vegetarian since birth, but the rest of my family eats meat, clearly.)

With guests coming that evening expecting a turkey, not duck a l’orange, I headed to the nearest grocery store in search of a turkey.

My beacon of light? My saving grace? ALDI to the rescue (no joke though, ALDI is amazing and has turkeys at unbeatable prices!)

With my real turkey in hand (omg they’re so heavy you guys!) I headed home.

Even with the turkey being frozen, I was able to prep it, remove the giblets (they need to just not put these things in turkeys, I’ll tell you about my battle trying to get them out in a second), bake it and have it ready in time for guests.

So this year, volunteer to make the turkey! I’m here to tell you have nothing to worry about, you CAN make an amazing tasting turkey with only 5 ingredients and there is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you see the end result!

Now let me walk you through how to make this bird (and can I just say, at every step of the process I was squealing with delight and announcing to my hubby what was happening, I’m sure he loved the constant updates). The process starts from the turkey being completely frozen (yes, I googled from the store if it was ok to cook a frozen turkey…the answer is yes you can! You will just need to make sure that you take out the giblets in the little bag so the plastic they’re in doesn’t melt) and the first thing you’ll do is make sure one side of your sink is clean, then put the biggest bowl you own in the sink, then put the turkey in the bowl and cut the plastic off and run hot water over the turkey*. Do so for 30 minutes, then flip it, and run water on the other side for another 30 minutes.

The only reason you need to defrost it is because you need to get out the giblets (and I took out the neck too!) You may need a little longer or a little less time for removal (I was impatient and so I was sitting there with a butter knife trying to dislodge the sack of giblets (what a gross word btw lol), but once you have them out, you’re good to go!

Now take your turkey and put him (I’m calling it a him, but it could very well be a her lol) in a baking dish. I like to use the aluminum ones you can throw away afterwards…who has room for a giant turkey roasting pan? Not I, I can tell you that much!

I’d like to tell you that while the turkey was defrosting I prepped the other ingredients, but I didn’t, because they only take 2 seconds to do! In a measuring cup measure out 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and ½ Cup Soy sauce.

You’ll also need to chop one garlic clove in half, and then clean a few pieces of garlic from another clove and cut the remaining cloves in half. Now comes the fun part, stuff the garlic halves into the cavity of the turkey, and then slide cut up garlic clove slices under the skin.

Next you’ll pour the olive oil and soy sauce mixture over the turkey, then you’ll liberally season it with the seasoning, and then cover it with aluminum foil.

Then bake the turkey for an hour, remove the foil, baste the turkey, then keep taking the turkey out and basting it ever hour (mine took a total of 4 hours) and bake it until a thermometer reads 170-180 degrees.

A little trick my mom taught me…cover the bottom of the serving plate in parsley before you put the turkey on it, it will hide all the juices on the plate! Genius, and it actually works!

And then, then you put the turkey on the plate, and you slice and enjoy. The turkey is super juicy on the inside, and has a crispy garlicy skin on the outside….so good!

In case the above was too many pictures to scroll over, I’ve put the instructions together for you visually so you know how to make a super simple 5 ingredient turkey:

After trying some of this turkey, my hubby said ‘this is legit, like really really good!’ So there you have it, a legit turkey lol! And of course, since it’s only 5 ingredients, it’s perfect for this weeks’ Five Ingredient Friday (stay tuned next week as I share a bunch of amazing Thanksgiving recipes which will leave you super prepared for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner!)

I’m dying to know…are you a dark or light meat person? Have you ever made a whole turkey?


Super Simple 5 Ingredient Turkey

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my privacy policy for details.

Take some serious stress out of Thanksgiving this year by making a super simple and delicious turkey…with only 5 ingredients!!

So I know the thought of making a whole turkey is daunting. I mean, it was for me! Is it going to turn out? Will it taste good? Will I ruin Thanksgiving? That’s a lot of pressure!! But with these easy instructions and amazing ingredients, you’ll make a turkey everyone will love, and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be requesting you be on bird duty for years and years to come.

A few years ago, Thanksgiving morning rolls around and we (my three sisters, mom, and I ) go downstairs to start making the meal. My little sisters had gone grocery shopping the day before so we were all ready to start pitching in and making that evenings’ dinner. I go to the fridge (my mom has a fridge in the garage … this is genius and I want a cool or fridge in our garage, but sadly our house is just too small) and I don’t see a turkey. I ask my sisters “where’s the turkey?” and they come and show me where it is…except…wait for it…IT’S TWO SMALL DUCKS! Lol…that’s what you get when you send a vegetarian to the store (my little sister has been vegetarian since birth, but the rest of my family eats meat, clearly.)

With guests coming that evening expecting a turkey, not duck a l’orange, I headed to the nearest grocery store in search of a turkey.

My beacon of light? My saving grace? ALDI to the rescue (no joke though, ALDI is amazing and has turkeys at unbeatable prices!)

With my real turkey in hand (omg they’re so heavy you guys!) I headed home.

Even with the turkey being frozen, I was able to prep it, remove the giblets (they need to just not put these things in turkeys, I’ll tell you about my battle trying to get them out in a second), bake it and have it ready in time for guests.

So this year, volunteer to make the turkey! I’m here to tell you have nothing to worry about, you CAN make an amazing tasting turkey with only 5 ingredients and there is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you see the end result!

Now let me walk you through how to make this bird (and can I just say, at every step of the process I was squealing with delight and announcing to my hubby what was happening, I’m sure he loved the constant updates). The process starts from the turkey being completely frozen (yes, I googled from the store if it was ok to cook a frozen turkey…the answer is yes you can! You will just need to make sure that you take out the giblets in the little bag so the plastic they’re in doesn’t melt) and the first thing you’ll do is make sure one side of your sink is clean, then put the biggest bowl you own in the sink, then put the turkey in the bowl and cut the plastic off and run hot water over the turkey*. Do so for 30 minutes, then flip it, and run water on the other side for another 30 minutes.

The only reason you need to defrost it is because you need to get out the giblets (and I took out the neck too!) You may need a little longer or a little less time for removal (I was impatient and so I was sitting there with a butter knife trying to dislodge the sack of giblets (what a gross word btw lol), but once you have them out, you’re good to go!

Now take your turkey and put him (I’m calling it a him, but it could very well be a her lol) in a baking dish. I like to use the aluminum ones you can throw away afterwards…who has room for a giant turkey roasting pan? Not I, I can tell you that much!

I’d like to tell you that while the turkey was defrosting I prepped the other ingredients, but I didn’t, because they only take 2 seconds to do! In a measuring cup measure out 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and ½ Cup Soy sauce.

You’ll also need to chop one garlic clove in half, and then clean a few pieces of garlic from another clove and cut the remaining cloves in half. Now comes the fun part, stuff the garlic halves into the cavity of the turkey, and then slide cut up garlic clove slices under the skin.

Next you’ll pour the olive oil and soy sauce mixture over the turkey, then you’ll liberally season it with the seasoning, and then cover it with aluminum foil.

Then bake the turkey for an hour, remove the foil, baste the turkey, then keep taking the turkey out and basting it ever hour (mine took a total of 4 hours) and bake it until a thermometer reads 170-180 degrees.

A little trick my mom taught me…cover the bottom of the serving plate in parsley before you put the turkey on it, it will hide all the juices on the plate! Genius, and it actually works!

And then, then you put the turkey on the plate, and you slice and enjoy. The turkey is super juicy on the inside, and has a crispy garlicy skin on the outside….so good!

In case the above was too many pictures to scroll over, I’ve put the instructions together for you visually so you know how to make a super simple 5 ingredient turkey:

After trying some of this turkey, my hubby said ‘this is legit, like really really good!’ So there you have it, a legit turkey lol! And of course, since it’s only 5 ingredients, it’s perfect for this weeks’ Five Ingredient Friday (stay tuned next week as I share a bunch of amazing Thanksgiving recipes which will leave you super prepared for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner!)

I’m dying to know…are you a dark or light meat person? Have you ever made a whole turkey?


Super Simple 5 Ingredient Turkey

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my privacy policy for details.

Take some serious stress out of Thanksgiving this year by making a super simple and delicious turkey…with only 5 ingredients!!

So I know the thought of making a whole turkey is daunting. I mean, it was for me! Is it going to turn out? Will it taste good? Will I ruin Thanksgiving? That’s a lot of pressure!! But with these easy instructions and amazing ingredients, you’ll make a turkey everyone will love, and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be requesting you be on bird duty for years and years to come.

A few years ago, Thanksgiving morning rolls around and we (my three sisters, mom, and I ) go downstairs to start making the meal. My little sisters had gone grocery shopping the day before so we were all ready to start pitching in and making that evenings’ dinner. I go to the fridge (my mom has a fridge in the garage … this is genius and I want a cool or fridge in our garage, but sadly our house is just too small) and I don’t see a turkey. I ask my sisters “where’s the turkey?” and they come and show me where it is…except…wait for it…IT’S TWO SMALL DUCKS! Lol…that’s what you get when you send a vegetarian to the store (my little sister has been vegetarian since birth, but the rest of my family eats meat, clearly.)

With guests coming that evening expecting a turkey, not duck a l’orange, I headed to the nearest grocery store in search of a turkey.

My beacon of light? My saving grace? ALDI to the rescue (no joke though, ALDI is amazing and has turkeys at unbeatable prices!)

With my real turkey in hand (omg they’re so heavy you guys!) I headed home.

Even with the turkey being frozen, I was able to prep it, remove the giblets (they need to just not put these things in turkeys, I’ll tell you about my battle trying to get them out in a second), bake it and have it ready in time for guests.

So this year, volunteer to make the turkey! I’m here to tell you have nothing to worry about, you CAN make an amazing tasting turkey with only 5 ingredients and there is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you see the end result!

Now let me walk you through how to make this bird (and can I just say, at every step of the process I was squealing with delight and announcing to my hubby what was happening, I’m sure he loved the constant updates). The process starts from the turkey being completely frozen (yes, I googled from the store if it was ok to cook a frozen turkey…the answer is yes you can! You will just need to make sure that you take out the giblets in the little bag so the plastic they’re in doesn’t melt) and the first thing you’ll do is make sure one side of your sink is clean, then put the biggest bowl you own in the sink, then put the turkey in the bowl and cut the plastic off and run hot water over the turkey*. Do so for 30 minutes, then flip it, and run water on the other side for another 30 minutes.

The only reason you need to defrost it is because you need to get out the giblets (and I took out the neck too!) You may need a little longer or a little less time for removal (I was impatient and so I was sitting there with a butter knife trying to dislodge the sack of giblets (what a gross word btw lol), but once you have them out, you’re good to go!

Now take your turkey and put him (I’m calling it a him, but it could very well be a her lol) in a baking dish. I like to use the aluminum ones you can throw away afterwards…who has room for a giant turkey roasting pan? Not I, I can tell you that much!

I’d like to tell you that while the turkey was defrosting I prepped the other ingredients, but I didn’t, because they only take 2 seconds to do! In a measuring cup measure out 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and ½ Cup Soy sauce.

You’ll also need to chop one garlic clove in half, and then clean a few pieces of garlic from another clove and cut the remaining cloves in half. Now comes the fun part, stuff the garlic halves into the cavity of the turkey, and then slide cut up garlic clove slices under the skin.

Next you’ll pour the olive oil and soy sauce mixture over the turkey, then you’ll liberally season it with the seasoning, and then cover it with aluminum foil.

Then bake the turkey for an hour, remove the foil, baste the turkey, then keep taking the turkey out and basting it ever hour (mine took a total of 4 hours) and bake it until a thermometer reads 170-180 degrees.

A little trick my mom taught me…cover the bottom of the serving plate in parsley before you put the turkey on it, it will hide all the juices on the plate! Genius, and it actually works!

And then, then you put the turkey on the plate, and you slice and enjoy. The turkey is super juicy on the inside, and has a crispy garlicy skin on the outside….so good!

In case the above was too many pictures to scroll over, I’ve put the instructions together for you visually so you know how to make a super simple 5 ingredient turkey:

After trying some of this turkey, my hubby said ‘this is legit, like really really good!’ So there you have it, a legit turkey lol! And of course, since it’s only 5 ingredients, it’s perfect for this weeks’ Five Ingredient Friday (stay tuned next week as I share a bunch of amazing Thanksgiving recipes which will leave you super prepared for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner!)

I’m dying to know…are you a dark or light meat person? Have you ever made a whole turkey?



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