A good roast turkey doesn’t require a lot of fancy tricks or seasonings. To streamline the cooking process, roast it unstuffed. Doing so shaves off some oven time, which is at a premium. Also, be sure to allow time for the turkey to rest before carving. This lets the juices redistribute so they stay in the meat, not on the cutting board! To get a jump-start on this recipe, smash the garlic cloves and chop the onion and carrot a day early. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Tip: The (tur)key to success
If you want to stuff this Turkey with Herbed Gravy, allow for more cooking time. For a 12 lb stuffed turkey, estimate a cooking time of about 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 hours. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. It should read 180 F in the thigh and 165 F in the stuffing.