For the holidays, take all of the guess work out of the main dish with the Easiest Roasted Turkey & Gravy recipe. This pre-packaged, seasoned and Oven Ready Jennie-O Turkey goes straight from the freezer to the oven and results in moist and flavorful meat with a perfectly crispy skin!
I am excited to be teaming up with Jennie-O to bring you today’s meal!
Easiest Roasted Turkey & Gravy
Let’s talk turkey! I’m sure I am not alone in my feelings towards cooking whole birds and large roasts. From a young age, they have always felt overwhelming for some reason and I rarely make them outside of the holidays. Whether I am stressing about taking the turkey out to thaw in time or cringing at the thought of pulling the insides out of the turkey cavity, it’s not a lot of fun. That is until I discovered these Jennie-O Oven Ready Whole Turkeys!
These turkeys make life so much easier, so I can focus on making some of my other favorite aspects of the holiday meal like Crock Pot Cranberry Pecan Stuffing, Poppy Seed, Grape & Chicken Pasta Salad and Caramel Apple Mini Pie Cups!
Let me explain just how easy a turkey dinner is with these Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkeys. When you are ready to start cooking, about 4.5 hours before you plan to eat, simply rip open the outer bag and preheat your oven. The turkey is all seasoned and nicely tied up in a fool-proof oven bag with a pop-up timer already inserted.
Toss the frozen turkey, still in the oven bag in a roasting pan and make a few small slits at the top of the bag. Throw it in the oven for about 4 hours and just keep an eye on it for the last 30 minutes. When the red pop-up timer pops up, you know it’s time to take out the turkey and let it rest for 15 minutes.
As for gravy, which I know to be scary for many people, it is just as easy at the turkey! There is a small bag included with your turkey that you leave out to thaw while your turkey is roasting. After your turkey is cooked and rested, drain off the juices from the pan and add it to a saucepan with the gravy pouch. Cook over medium-high heat until the gravy is bubbly and thickened.
I made this for my husband who is a huge fan of all the gravy, and he thought it was amazing. It tastes just as good as the homemade stuff the old ladies in the cafe taught me how to make when I was younger!
I can’t even begin to tell you the number of people I have excitedly told about these turkeys. I’m pretty sure I will now be making whole roasted turkeys on a monthly basis instead of just for the holidays. My husband is going to be one happy camper, because he loves nothing more than turkey and gravy!
If you are like me and like a little spice with your meals, go for the Cajun Style Oven Ready Turkey. It has amazing spice and flavor you will love! If you are like my parents and husband, who prefer a simple old fashioned turkey, you can opt for the traditional style. Whichever route you go, I promise that you will never go back to making turkey and gravy any other way!
- Preheat your oven to 375° .
- Remove the frozen turkey and gravy packet from the outside bag. Place the frozen turkey, still in the oven bag in a roasting pan. Make six ½ inch slits at the top of the bag.
- Bake for 4 hours and keep an eye on it for the last 30 minutes. When the red pop-up timer pops up, take the turkey out of the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes.
- After the turkey has rested, pour the juices from the pan into a saucepan. Add the thawed gravy packet to the pan and cook over medium-high heat until it is bubbly and thickened. Serve with the carved turkey.
- NOTE: If you thaw your turkey in the refrigerator first, bake for roughly 3 hours.