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Herb-Roasted Turkey

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 4 hours

Makes

14 servings

Our guests always comment on how moist and flavorful this elegant entree is. Rubbed with garden-fresh herbs, this turkey has such a wonderful aroma when it's roasting that it lures everyone into the kitchen! —Becky Goldsmith, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Herb-Roasted Turkey Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 turkey (14 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 18 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
  • 4 medium onions, sliced
  • 4 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon minced chives

Directions

  1. Rub the surface of the turkey and sprinkle cavity with salt and pepper. Place 12 sprigs of thyme in cavity.
  2. In a large heavy roasting pan, place onions, celery, carrots, bay leaves, peppercorns and remaining thyme sprigs. Place the turkey, breast side up, over vegetables. Drizzle butter over turkey and sprinkle with minced herbs.
  3. Cover loosely with foil. Bake at 325° for 2-1/2 hours. Remove foil; bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours longer or until a thermometer reads 180°, basting every 20 minutes.
  4. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes before carving. Discard vegetables, bay leaves and peppercorns; if desired, skim fat and thicken pan drippings for gravy. Serve with turkey.

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