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How to Roast 2 Thanksgiving Turkeys

Roast 2 Small Turkeys Instead of 1 Large One. They'll roast in less time, be easier to carve, plus you'll have 4 of everything! This recipe is perfect for beginners!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Roast Turkey, Turkey
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Mary's Nest


  • 2 Turkeys, approx. 12 pounds each
  • 1 Onion, quartered
  • 2 stalks Celery, cut into thirds
  • 2 Carrots, cut into thirds
  • 1/2 cup Herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 cup Coarse ground Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Red pepper flakes
  • 1 stick Butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Place onion, celery, and carrots onto baking pan or baking sheet.
  • Unwrap turkeys and remove neck and giblets to save for making stock. Place the turkeys on top of vegetables.
  • Mix the herbs, salt, and peppers together and add a small handful to the cavity of each turkey.
  • Baste each turkey with butter using a pastry brush and sprinkle the remaining herb, salt pepper mixture over each turkey.
  • Place turkeys on the lowest rack in the oven and roast for approximately 3 hours until a thermometer inserted into the thigh reads 165°F.
  • When the turkeys are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to rest, covered for 20-30 minutes. Then transfer them to a serving plater or cutting board and carve.



During the 3 hour cooking time, periodically check the turkeys to make sure that they are not browning too quickly. If they are, place a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the turkeys and allow them to continue to roast until done.
Find this recipe and video at https://marysnest.com/thanksgiving-tip-roast-2-small-turkeys-instead-of-1-large-turkey-video
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