Spice Islands Holiday Herb Baste for Turkey

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

Makes enough for a 12 - 15 pound turkey.


  1. Blend butter with remaining ingredients.
  2. Stuff turkey or season with salt and pepper. As desired.
  3. Rub half the herb butter under skin of turkey.
  4. Cook turkey according to your favorite method, basting with herb butter every half hour until done.
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Thanksgiving is not celebrated as a holiday here in Iceland, but the traditional US meal for it is very popular. So DH & I play host to it annually for 2 other couples & their families. That was last nite. I grd the herbs finely & used my pastry brush to baste the bird. The meat was well-flavored & the pan drippings used for gravy esp so. I have made a lot of turkeys for Thanksgiving in my lifetime, but this was my best effort. I credit your recipe & a new cooking method (for me) for a moist & tasty turkey. Made for your Football Pool win & thx for sharing this recipe w/us. :-) *Edited to Add* I noted the nutritional data & it seems inflated to me for 1/2 cup butter & the herbs. I wonder if the amt of butter/margarine has been doubled in the calculation?

twissis February 08, 2011

Delicious! Bird turned out moist and the herb flavor got into the meat. I used chopped, fresh sage leaves from the garden instead of dried. I am going to use this on a roast chicken soon!

Outta Here November 26, 2009

This has a really nice flavor. The bird was moist and juicy. We also tried injecting it into a chicken and that worked well too. If I were to make any change, it would be to cut back just a bit on the lemon juice but other than that this was right on target.

Mysterygirl December 27, 2006