Clarke’s Guide to Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey

Every year Clarke’s chefs and showroom team answers a lot of calls from people with one simple question: “How do I cook a turkey in my Wolf oven?” To help everyone that has that question, we asked our own Chef Shelby to come up with a simple approach that will result in a turkey everyone will love. Follow along step-by-step below and Happy Thanksgiving!


Compound Butter

With just a few extra minutes work, you can bump up the flavor and moistness of your turkey by coating it with compound butter.

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Rough chop herbs such as thyme and rosemary (or whatever you prefer), add salt and pepper, then mix everything together with two sticks of room temperature butter.

Turkey Prep

Next, prepare the turkey. Chef Shelby recommends using veggies (also known as mirepoix) instead of a traditional roasting rack. Why? Just wait until we get to the part about the gravy!

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Rough chop carrots, celery and onions (about 1 pound of each). Spread them out on tray or in a roasting pan. Generously spread the compound butter all over the turkey.

Cooking the Bird

Now it’s time to cook the bird! We’ve shown how to roast a delicious Thanksgiving turkey in three of our most popular Wolf ovens.

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Wolf Dual Fuel Range

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Wolf M Series Oven

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Wolf Convection Steam Oven
(Yes, you can cook a turkey
in the steam oven!)

The basic rule of thumb for cooking the turkey: In a traditional oven it will take about 15 minutes per pound. In a Wolf oven on a convection mode, it will be about 9 to 10 minutes per pound.

Set oven to 325 degrees on convection roast mode and set probe temperature to 170 degrees. For the Convection Steam Oven use the Convection Steam mode.

Last step… Make the Gravy

Remember the mirepoix? Here’s where that comes in.

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Pour the turkey drippings through a strainer into a bowl.  Skim off the oil from the top of the liquid and put aside. Use the oil to make a roux by heating it in a pan and adding the same amount of flour as oil and whisk together until it comes to a simmer and forms a thick paste. Then gradually add small amounts of the drippings liquid and stir constantly until the consistency is right.

Side Dishes

No Thanksgiving Day feast is complete without a lot of delicious side dishes. Here’s some of our favorites, all with recipes available on our site. Just click to get the recipe.

Fall Brussel Sprouts
Apricot Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin Shaped Artisan Loaf
Warm Farro and Butternut Squash Salad
Green Bean Casserole
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, no matter what method you used to prepare it. If you have a question or need some additional guidance, reach out to us at our T-Day Help Desk. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Clarke!