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Trisha Yearwood’s Easy Turkey Recipe

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I had the opportunity to introduce Trisha Yearwood at one of her performances several years ago.  She had just become engaged to Garth Brooks, and we were chatting about the GIANT diamond she had on her hand!  Since it was close to Thanksgiving I asked her what Garth liked to eat for the annual celebration.  Click “Read More” to find out.

If you didn’t know, Trisha Yearwood is a fantastic cook!  She paid very close attention when her mama, and grandmama were showing her their secrets.  She passed along her world famous, super secret, EASY Turkey recipe.  Since then I secured her permission to pass this recipe along to you!  If you use this recipe please make sure you pass along pictures of your success stories!

Here’s the recipe just the was Trisha passed it along to me:

No-Baste, No-Bother, Roasted Turkey!

  • 1 (12-pound) Turkey, completely thawed, all giblets removed
  • 1/2 cup(s) Salted Butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Salt
  • 2 teaspoon(s) Pepper
  • 2 stalk(s) Celery, cut in lengths to fit turkey cavity
  • 1 medium Sweet Onion (Such As Vidalia), cut in half
  • 1 large Carrot
  • 2 cup(s) Boiling Water


  • Adjust oven racks so covered roasting pan fits easily inside oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  • Rub butter on outside and in cavity of turkey. A self-basting turkey will not require all of the butter. Sprinkle salt and pepper on outside of turkey. Put celery, onion, and carrot in cavity. Place turkey, breast side up, in a large roasting pan. Pour boiling water into pan. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and put pan in preheated oven.
  • Start a timer when oven temperature returns to 500 degrees F. Bake exactly 1 hour and turn off oven. Do not open oven door. Leave turkey in oven until oven cools; this may take 4 to 6 hours. Reserve pan juices and refrigerate turkey if it will not be served after roasting.
Here’s my favorite Trisha Yearwood song featuring Don Henley,,,,enjoy!

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