1 turkey, 12-13 pounds
1 stick of butter, sliced thinly
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 cloves large garlic, crushed
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
Preheat oven 350ºF.
Remove any parts stuffed in turkey cavity, then clean and rinse the cavity. Place turkey in a large roasting pan. Gently insert slices of butter under the skin that covers the breasts, thighs and drumsticks. Using a paper towel, brush oil and crushed garlic over the turkey, and season with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together and then cover the bird with aluminum foil.
Bake for 4 hours, or about 20 minutes per pound. (Use our turkey calculators if needed). Meat thermometer should read 165°F. when inserted into the thigh. Remove foil during last 30 minutes of cooking, baste with drippings in the pan. When the skin has browned, remove from oven and let rest for a few minutes before carving.