Super Moist Roast Turkey Review and Giveaway

OK, before I get started with this review and giveaway, I thought I would share a couple of tips.

1. When you go to the store for the few things you need for a review of Hellmann’s® mayonnaise, and you forget the recipe, and you call your husband to read it to you, write down everything he says. If you skip what you think is obvious, you might get home without the Hellmann’s® mayonnaise. And beyond requiring a second trip to the store, it would be kind of embarrassing. Because it seems kind of obvious, you know?

2. It doesn’t really matter if your turkey has been defrosting in the refrigerator for several days, you really should check it before 2 o’clock the day you plan to cook it. As much as your children may enjoy helping you roast a turkey at eight in the evening, your Thanksgiving guests may not.

Not that I know anything about that from experience or anything. But the holidays are hectic, and I could see something like that happening. To you. Not me. Which is also to say that it is a good thing this recipe is so super easy and tasty because busy moms have enough to worry about.

Reading over the recipe, I was a little concerned about the mayonnaise. I love mayonnaise on a sandwich with some leftover turkey, but I’ve never had it cooked on the whole bird before. I was pleasantly surprised, however, that there was not any mayonnaise flavor at all to the finished turkey, even when I got bits of the mixture with the turkey on my fork. It just tasted like sweet onion, a bit of thyme and super moist turkey.

All you need to try this Super Moist Turkey Recipe for yourself is:

  • 10 – 12 pound whole turkey
  • 1 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 large shallot or onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary, sage and/or thyme (or one teaspoon dried)
  • 1 envelope Knorr® Roasted Turkey gravy mix, prepared according to package directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425. Remove giblets and the turkey neck. (Don’t throw them out, though. When you are done with the turkey, you are totally going to want to have them for stock. I’ll share my recipe after we’re done eating all the turkey!) Season according to taste.

2. Combine Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise, shallot or onion and herbs in a medium bowl and set aside. Then, starting at the neck, loosen the skin on the turkey and spread 1/2 of the mayonnaise mixture under the skin. (That part is kind of gross. Except I have an eight year old boy who thought that was about the coolest thing I ever let him do in his whole life.)

3. Arrange turkey, breast side up, in a large, shallow roasting pan. (I used my electric roaster and piled vegetables up around it.) Rub the remaining mayonnaise mixture over the outside of the turkey. Tent with heavy-duty aluminium foil.

Decrease oven to 325 and roast turkey 1 1/2 hours. Remove foil and continue roasting about an hour, basting occasionally with its juices, until it reaches an internal temperature of 180.

Let stand covered loosely for 20 minutes before carving. Serve with hot Knorr® Roasted Turkey gravy. And mashed potatoes, of course.

What is your favorite way to prepare turkey?

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Is there a question I’m supposed to answer, or can I just tell you how lovely I think a well-cooked turkey is? I like to put a few pats of butter under the skin of the breast so it stays moist. Other than that, rub the outside with a little oil, salt and pepper, and it’s ready to go.


It does seem like there should be a question there or soemthing that I seemed to have missed, doesn’t it?

Telling me how good well-cooked turkey is works just fine, though. 🙂


My favorite way to prepare turkey is watching someone else do it! Haha!

Linda st.laurent

So excited to see you can use hellmanns. I would have never guessed that.

Ashley H.

I love fried turkey the best.

I’ve never cooked a turkey…seriously. My sister came by one Christmas to show me how and I just stood back and let her do all the work. Honestly, I was a little mortified by the whole handling of the bird, the removing of neck and bits, the washing it out. Ewwwww. I’ll stick to making roast beef. I know I don’t qualify for the contest, I’m in Canada. This recipe though reminded me of marinading chicken in plain yogurt. Sounds weird but the results are very much the same as you get from the mayo on the turkey. A nice… Read more »

We always smoke our Turkey…I wonder if the mayo thing would work when smoking a turkey? I might have to try it!! 🙂


I’m a turkey hoarder. I have 2 in my deep freeze, one went in my oven an hour ago ago and I just bought a fresh 20 lb-er that I’ll roast tomorrow. I don’t have a favorite way because I only know one way, but I slather the bird in butter, I put a stick of butter and a couple of onions in the cavity and I salt and pepper it. That’s the only way I know how to cook a bird. but it works for us. 🙂


Sounds delicious, Kaira! I normally rub them down with olive oil and then salt and pepper.

We generally have a few turkeys in the freezer as well. 🙂

Miguelina Salvador

my husband makes the turkey and is so good. have to try yours

Miguelina Salvador

How interesting to rub it with mayo, I have never heard of that before. My favorite way is to just rub a bunch of butter on the outside and then roast uncovered in the oven. If I time it right, hardly any basting is required and it still comes out super juicy. I think this next time I will try your mayo method– but it will have to wait until after Thanksgiving (we are feasting at a friend’s house that day! no work for me!). 🙂


I suppose I am just an old fashion gal. I rub it down with butter and roast it covered in my oven.

just marilyn

I have only made one turkey in my lifetime but I was so worried it wouldn’t turn out that I’ve never made another one. I still love turkey when others prepare it but one of these days I am determined to try again! The Hellman’s recipe you posted sounds so easy that I just may have to try it! BTW, my first attempt almost 30 yrs ago turned out just fine even though the worrying wore me out!


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Amy Tong

My favorite way to prepare turkey is turkey, bacon and smoke cheese panini. 🙂 Yes, that’s turkey from Thanksgiving left over but super delicious.

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