How to Roast a Split Turkey


For small gatherings, a split (half) turkey is ideal. This recipe serves four to six people.

Things You'll Need

  • 7 1/2 lb. half turkey
  • pepper
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • butter as needed, melted
  • Groceries
  • Basting Brushes
  • Meat Thermometers
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Platters
  • Roasting Pans
  • Serving Dishes
  • Small Bowls
  • Mixing bowls
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  • Rinse the turkey; pat dry with paper towels.

  • Salt and pepper the turkey on each side.

  • Stuff the breast cavity with the stuffing of your choice.

  • Place the turkey cut side down in a roasting pan.

  • Mix soy sauce and maple syrup together in a small bowl. Spread the mixture over the flesh of the turkey using a pastry brush.

  • Bake the turkey for 15 minutes.

  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and roast 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes with melted butter.

  • Remove turkey from oven when a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the turkey breast registers 170 degrees F.

  • Let turkey rest 15 minutes.

  • Lift turkey from roasting pan, carve and place on a serving dish.

  • Remove any stuffing that is left in the pan and serve it as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can split a turkey yourself from the breast bone to the tail, but it's much easier to ask a butcher to do it for you.
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