How to Cook a Turkey Like Martha Stewart

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How to Cook a Turkey Like Martha Stewart

To prepare the Martha Stewart turkey recipe, cooks should begin working on the meal a day in advance. Martha Stewart encourages cooks to brine their turkeys before roasting, which adds an extra 24 hours onto the normal preparation time for a roast turkey. While this recipe includes a homemade gravy, cooks can use a pre-made or store-bought gravy to save time before serving. To make an entire meal, consider adding Mary Mac's Sweet Potato Souffle and a side of green beans along with the roasted turkey.

Start to finish: 31 1/2 hours (Active time: 2 hours)

Serves: 14

Roast Turkey1.jpgFlickr: tuchodi
Offered by Martha Stewart
Served as Main dish
Main ingredients Turkey, onions, carrots, celery, rosemary
Cooking method Baking
Similar to Jamie Oliver turkey recipe
Author Selena Robinson

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Martha Stewart Turkey Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 whole 18-pound turkey
  • 3 cups kosher salt
  • Bay leaves
  • Thyme
  • 5 cups sugar[1]
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 4 carrots[2]
  • Salt and pepper
  • Stuffing
  • Fresh rosemary[3]

Martha Stewart Turkey Recipe

  1. Chop the onions, carrots, and celery stalks roughly. Place half of them into a large stockpot.
  2. Add the kosher salt, bay leaves, thyme, sugar, and 10 cups of water to the stockpot. Bring to boil, then remove from heat and cool.
  3. Place the turkey into the brine mixture and cover the pot. Place the stockpot into the refrigerator for 24 hours.[1]
  4. Take the turkey out of the brine and dry it with paper towels. Let rest for two hours before cooking.
  5. Turn the oven on to 425 degrees.
  6. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper and rub seasoning into the turkey's skin. Season the inside of the turkey cavity with salt and pepper as well.[3]
  7. Place stuffing into turkey cavity.
  8. Tie the turkey legs together using kitchen twine.
  9. Mix the remaining onions, carrots, and celery pieces together and lay in the bottom of a roasting pan.
  10. Place the turkey over the vegetables and cover loosely with foil.
  11. Roast in the oven for one hour.
  12. Baste the turkey with the pan juices and continue cooking for another three hours, basting every half hour.
  13. After the meat reaches 165 degrees, remove the turkey from the oven.
  14. Let sit for 30 minutes before carving.
  15. Use the cut vegetables and juices in the roasting pan to make gravy.[2]

How to Roast a Brown Sugar Glazed Turkey

Martha Stewart prepares a roast turkey with brown sugar glaze.


  • To give the turkey a slightly sweet taste, add a brown sugar glaze to the skin. Mix 2/3 cup of cider vinegar with 1/2 cup dark brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce temperature and cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Brush the turkey skin with the mixture about 1 1/2 hour into the cooking process. Cook for about 45 minutes more.[4]
  • Give the turkey a smoky flavor by sprinkling the skin with paprika before cooking.[5]

Also See: How to Cook a Turkey Like Jamie Oliver, How to Cook a Turkey Like Emeril Lagasse, How to Cook a Turkey Like Paula Deen, How to Cook a Turkey Like Rachael Ray


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