Super Moist Roast Turkey Review and Giveaway

OK, before I get started with this review and giveaway, I thought I would share a couple of tips.

1. When you go to the store for the few things you need for a review of Hellmann’s® mayonnaise, and you forget the recipe, and you call your husband to read it to you, write down everything he says. If you skip what you think is obvious, you might get home without the Hellmann’s® mayonnaise. And beyond requiring a second trip to the store, it would be kind of embarrassing. Because it seems kind of obvious, you know?

2. It doesn’t really matter if your turkey has been defrosting in the refrigerator for several days, you really should check it before 2 o’clock the day you plan to cook it. As much as your children may enjoy helping you roast a turkey at eight in the evening, your Thanksgiving guests may not.

Not that I know anything about that from experience or anything. But the holidays are hectic, and I could see something like that happening. To you. Not me. Which is also to say that it is a good thing this recipe is so super easy and tasty because busy moms have enough to worry about.

Reading over the recipe, I was a little concerned about the mayonnaise. I love mayonnaise on a sandwich with some leftover turkey, but I’ve never had it cooked on the whole bird before. I was pleasantly surprised, however, that there was not any mayonnaise flavor at all to the finished turkey, even when I got bits of the mixture with the turkey on my fork. It just tasted like sweet onion, a bit of thyme and super moist turkey.

All you need to try this Super Moist Turkey Recipe for yourself is:

  • 10 – 12 pound whole turkey
  • 1 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 large shallot or onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary, sage and/or thyme (or one teaspoon dried)
  • 1 envelope Knorr® Roasted Turkey gravy mix, prepared according to package directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425. Remove giblets and the turkey neck. (Don’t throw them out, though. When you are done with the turkey, you are totally going to want to have them for stock. I’ll share my recipe after we’re done eating all the turkey!) Season according to taste.

2. Combine Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise, shallot or onion and herbs in a medium bowl and set aside. Then, starting at the neck, loosen the skin on the turkey and spread 1/2 of the mayonnaise mixture under the skin. (That part is kind of gross. Except I have an eight year old boy who thought that was about the coolest thing I ever let him do in his whole life.)

3. Arrange turkey, breast side up, in a large, shallow roasting pan. (I used my electric roaster and piled vegetables up around it.) Rub the remaining mayonnaise mixture over the outside of the turkey. Tent with heavy-duty aluminium foil.

Decrease oven to 325 and roast turkey 1 1/2 hours. Remove foil and continue roasting about an hour, basting occasionally with its juices, until it reaches an internal temperature of 180.

Let stand covered loosely for 20 minutes before carving. Serve with hot Knorr® Roasted Turkey gravy. And mashed potatoes, of course.

What is your favorite way to prepare turkey?

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0 Responses

  1. Is there a question I’m supposed to answer, or can I just tell you how lovely I think a well-cooked turkey is? I like to put a few pats of butter under the skin of the breast so it stays moist. Other than that, rub the outside with a little oil, salt and pepper, and it’s ready to go.

  2. It does seem like there should be a question there or soemthing that I seemed to have missed, doesn’t it?

    Telling me how good well-cooked turkey is works just fine, though. 🙂

  3. I’ve never cooked a turkey…seriously. My sister came by one Christmas to show me how and I just stood back and let her do all the work. Honestly, I was a little mortified by the whole handling of the bird, the removing of neck and bits, the washing it out. Ewwwww. I’ll stick to making roast beef.

    I know I don’t qualify for the contest, I’m in Canada. This recipe though reminded me of marinading chicken in plain yogurt. Sounds weird but the results are very much the same as you get from the mayo on the turkey. A nice crispy coating and super moist meat.

    Oh, I do by the way LOVE my sister’s turkey and am very grateful that she enjoys cooking them. 😀

  4. Mmmm, that sounds good, Sheri. And handling the bird only bothers me if I start thinking about it much. But then, I slaughtered chickens last year.

  5. I’m a turkey hoarder. I have 2 in my deep freeze, one went in my oven an hour ago ago and I just bought a fresh 20 lb-er that I’ll roast tomorrow. I don’t have a favorite way because I only know one way, but I slather the bird in butter, I put a stick of butter and a couple of onions in the cavity and I salt and pepper it. That’s the only way I know how to cook a bird. but it works for us. 🙂

  6. Sounds delicious, Kaira! I normally rub them down with olive oil and then salt and pepper.

    We generally have a few turkeys in the freezer as well. 🙂

  7. How interesting to rub it with mayo, I have never heard of that before. My favorite way is to just rub a bunch of butter on the outside and then roast uncovered in the oven. If I time it right, hardly any basting is required and it still comes out super juicy. I think this next time I will try your mayo method– but it will have to wait until after Thanksgiving (we are feasting at a friend’s house that day! no work for me!). 🙂

  8. I have only made one turkey in my lifetime but I was so worried it wouldn’t turn out that I’ve never made another one. I still love turkey when others prepare it but one of these days I am determined to try again! The Hellman’s recipe you posted sounds so easy that I just may have to try it! BTW, my first attempt almost 30 yrs ago turned out just fine even though the worrying wore me out!

  9. My favorite way to prepare turkey is turkey, bacon and smoke cheese panini. 🙂 Yes, that’s turkey from Thanksgiving left over but super delicious.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  10. I put a mixture of fresh herbs, rosemary, parsley, chives, etc. under the skin after rubbing on olive oil. I also put the oil on the skin. Lastly, I put cut up oranges and lemons inside the bird for flavor. Cook as usual. When done, take out fruit and herbs. Slice and serve.

    This is a good recipe for those who have to limit the carbs in their diet.

  11. Favorite way to prepare turkey. Soak it for 3 days in enough water to cover and 1 cup of tenderquick. Then bake it in a cooking bag according to directions. Very tender and moist every time, and the broth makes delicious gravy.

  12. I don’t fix turkey…. This looks fantastic! It makes me wish my husband wasn’t deathly allergic to turkey!!! Maybe I could try something similar with pork!
    Thanks so much for a chance to win! And, have a GREAT day!

  13. I don’t cook very well, and therefore, someone else always cooks the turkey. If I was going to try, I’d certainly try this recipe!

  14. I don’t have a favorite way to prepare turkey…I have never made a turkey before! So I guess, my favorite way is to get out the package of lunch meat turkey and open it. 🙂

  15. I’ve tried many ways to make a roasted Turkey….roaster, foil tent, bag, etc. I’ve basted with juices, butter, brined and marinated in wine. I’ve made chicken coated with Hellmans (Best Foods) Mayonnaise because it is terrific at keeping the chicken moist….so, why haven’t I thought about the Turkey??!! Plus, the idea of adding flavoring is soo smart! Yum

  16. My favorite way to prepare turkey is to rub a lot of salt & garlic powder inside the turkey, rub salt, garlic powder and butter to the outside skin of the turkey before roasting it. Your recipe with Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise is new to me but it sounds moist & delicious! I love the taste of Mayonnaise, I will try yours definitely.

    ctong2 [AT] gmail [DOT] com

  17. I am pretty traditional as far as doing the turkey but these recipes are making my mouth water. I think being it is Turkey Day, I might give one of them a try.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  18. My favorite way to prepare turkey is to just stick it in the oven, and wait for the timer to pop. I might throw in a few herbs if I’m feeling particularly industrious. Pretty boring, I know, but I always feel good when it’s done because the only time I cook a whole turkey is when the grocery store offers a free one, and I love to stock up my freezer with bags I can just pull out and use in recipes. I guess it makes me feel like I’m not being wasteful when I utilize the whole thing and cook ahead. I especially like to use the turkey in from-scratch turkey pot pie filling for the freezer so I can just pull it out, throw it in a crust, and bake! 🙂

  19. I like to brine the turkey with salt and herbs over night and cook it in the oven the next day for a few hours. Thanks for the giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail


  21. My favorite way of preparing is the traditional way but in a cooking bag UN STUFFED. I like my stuffing crispy in another baking dish. BUT, my favorite turkey is by far the ones my husband grills. Hard to get him to do the turkey after one year the grill stopped working half way through and we ended up cooking up some frozen turkey roasts instead. Left a bad “taste” in our mouths as they say. LOL.

    thanks for the wonder ful pictures of how a turkey is SUPPOSED to look and your funny shopping story. Happens to me ALL the time!

  22. One of favorite ways is deep fried, this is the first time I did it and the family loves it.. I usually rotisserie one in the rotisserie and it took a dive this summer, we decided to deep fry this year to try something different.
    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

  23. We love turkey. I usually cook about 6-7 a year. My favorite way is to slather a bunch of butter on it, add a little salt and pepper and bake it. 😉

    I like to keep it simple because a family of four with 2 young children, the turkey becomes several different meals, so I keep the initial cooking simple so I can use the turkey in a variety of ways.

  24. I like to rub it down with some butter, stuff it with some carrots and celery and roast it in my roaster oven since a decent sized turkey will not fit in my tiny oven!

  25. Roscommon Acres Blog Archive Super Moist Turkey Review and Giveaway. I simply roast it in my roaster after slathering butter on it and salting and peppering the cavity well. I see that you said to tent the foil? Do you tent it UNDER the roaster lid OR don’t you use the lid? Just checking.

  26. I am actually a vegetarian and have been for over 11 years; however, I remember cooking turkeys before making the change. The BEST turkey I ever made was the 1st turkey I ever made as an adult with my hubby. We cooked it in an oven bag with the stuffing inside the bird. It was so moist it fell off the bone. It was so good!

  27. We soaked our turkey in a brine for 30 hours this year. 1 cup of salt, an onion, and 1/2 cup of fresh herb mix ( sage, rosemary and basil ground to a pulp in food processor). It was the moistest and tastiest thanksgiving bird ever!

  28. I love to do smaller turkeys in my giant crockpot. I put everything in the crockpot. 🙂 I butter it, season with salt, pepper, sage & whatever else I seem to be in the mood for. When it’s done, I save the bones and make bone broth too. Yum! I think I need to do this again soon.

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