6 Reviews

I have used this recipe three times and it comes out perfect each time. It gives the turkey wonderful flavor without being spicy. My kids love it and my son can't handle anything spicy. The skin also has a great crunch while the meat is super juicy and moist throughout. I make this every Thanksgiving and even on Christmas. Its everyone's favorite. I do make a few substitutions. I use 2 tsp of fresh minced garlic instead of garlic powder. I also use 1/2 sweet onion, minced instead of onion powder. Garlic powder and onion powder give me terrible heart burn. So I use the fresh ingredients instead.

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Jannelle H. December 27, 2015

Followed the recipe almost as is - added 1 teaspoon of cayenne instead of the half because I got the extra kick. I received many compliments on the flavor. I also used an apple juice brine recipe (google it) for the juicy texture. Brining is KEY to any sucessful turkey. I will most definetly use this recipe again! It's too easy!

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iamladydee April 25, 2011

This was my first time roasting a turkey, and it turned out great! The hardest part was waiting for it to get done! I really liked the spice mixture...not too hot but you could definitely tell there was some zip to it. The meat was so juicy and moist. Thanks so much for posting!!

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Shelby Jo January 31, 2010

Turned out a very nice flavor without being too spicy (hot) for any one at the table. For more zip could increase the cayenne slightly. Had a wonderful crispiness. Instead of mayo, I used olive oil, and instead of covering the breast with foil, I turned the turkey breast down after the first 30 minutes. Next time I may brine it, or keep the temp down to 160 (as per recipe) instead of 175 for moister breastmeat.

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bruce December 26, 2009

Okay, I skipped the oregano and thyme and replaced them with sage, and mixed about half margarine spread with half mayo. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly after brining my turkey. The smoke detector went off about 15 minutes into the cooking, so I just took out the battery. We couldn't believe how brown the skin got! My sister kept asking if the turkey was burned, until I showed her the picture. Anyway, this was the best turkey I've ever eaten. I'll keep this recipe for future reference!

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JenSmith November 27, 2005
Spicy Roast Turkey