Team! Thanksgiving can be stressful for everyone, especially when it comes to the turkey. Here are my 3 tips to avoid a Thanksgiving disaster and enjoy a perfectly cooked turkey.

The 3 Biggest Mistakes when Making a Turkey

  1. Overstuffing the turkey! This prevents heat from getting through to the center of the bird, meaning you often undercook the inside. Lightly stuff your turkey with your favorite stuffing which will add flavor to the bird.
  2. Not tying the legs together. Tying the legs will help keep heat & juices to the center and prevent legs from overcooking.
  3. Setting the oven temp too high! Cook it slow: 250F (120C) for a couple of hours and finish at 350F (180C) for the remaining hour before resting.

Give a try to my Thanksgiving turkey recipe below, following my tips, and tag me on Instagram at @dan_churchill.


  • 1 10 to 12 lbs (4.5 to 5.5 kg) turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • Sage
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 250F (120C).
  2. In a bowl, infuse the olive oil with the juice of a lemon, 3 minced garlic cloves, sage, salt, and pepper.
  3. Stuff the turkey with the chopped onion, the remaining garlic cloves, chopped walnuts and sage. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
  4. Coat the turkey with the infused oil.
  5. Place the turkey on a roasting rack. Cook for 1 hour at 250F (120C).
  6. Up the temperature to 350F (180C) for the rest of the cooking time, about 2 hours for a 12lbs (5.5kg) turkey.
  7. Baste the turkey with the drippings every 30 minutes for the remaining cooking time.

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