Herb-Seasoned Turkey

Recipe by SharleneW
READY IN: 2hrs 50mins




  • Mince rosemary leaves, parsley, and thyme to make 1 tablespoon each; reserving remaining sprigs for use in step 3.
  • Combine olive oil, butter, minced herbs, salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Remove and discard leg truss from turkey. Pull off and discard lumps of fat. Remove giblets and neck; discard. Rinse bird inside and out; pat dry.
  • Tuck remaining fresh herb sprigs (see note above) and bay leaves inside body cavity.
  • Place turkey, breast up, on a v-shaped rack in a 12- by 17-inch roasting pan. Retruss turkey legs, if desired.
  • Brush entire bird with oil-herb mixture. Pour 1 cup of water in bottom of roasting pan (or enough to cover bottom). This water serves two purposes--steam rising from it will keep turkey moist, and it will keep drippings from sticking to bottom of pan (so you can make great gravy).
  • Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Insert a meat thermometer through thickest part of turkey breast to the bone. (I tear a small hole and poke it through foil).
  • Roast turkey in 325°F oven for 2 to 3 hours (depending on the size of your turkey. Cook until thickest part of turkey reaches 160°F taking foil off for the last 45 minutes.
  • (If wing and leg tips start to get too dark before turkey is done, cover them with small pieces of foil.
  • Transfer turkey to a platter.
  • Let rest 15 to 30 minutes, then carve.
  • Great tip for getting the fat off the top of drippings for gravy: Pour drippings into a heavy-duty zip-top bag (freezer bag works great). Set in a bowl or pan that will hold it upright and let it stand for 15 minutes so oil separates. Holding bag above your pan, snip a slit in very bottom corner of bag and let the juices run until you get to the oil. Pinch of end of bag and discard.