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Upside Down Turkey

Upside Down Turkey Recipe


This is a simple way to prepare a moist turkey without stuffing. The secret ingredient is butter -- it enhances the bird's natural flavor. When the turkey is done, the juices may be used to prepare a gravy by adding cornstarch 1 tablespoon at a time until the liquid begins to thicken. This recipe is based on a 13 pound bird. Adjust as necessary.


  • 13 pounds whole turkey
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Rinse turkey and remove giblets. Place turkey upside (breast) down in a roasting pan. Insert 1/4 cup butter inside the turkey. Place remaining butter in several pieces around the turkey. Pour water into the pan.
  3. Cook covered in the preheated oven 3 to 3 1/2 hours until the internal temperature of the thigh has reached 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).

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Nutritional Information

Upside Down Turkey

Servings Per Recipe: 18
Calories: 536.2
% Daily Value *
protein: 133 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber:
fat: 43 %
saturated fat: 50 %
cholesterol: 69 %
vitamin a iu: 3 %
niacin equivalents: 185 %
vitamin b6: 61 %
vitamin c:
folate: 4 %
calcium: 6 %
iron: 24 %
magnesium: 21 %
potassium: 19 %
sodium: 8 %
thiamin: 14 %
calories from fat:
percent of calories from fat:
percent of calories from protein:
percent of calories from sat fat:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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