Mom's Thanksgiving Rosemary Roasted Turkey

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Dene Mitzel

By
@DeneMi

This is the roasted turkey recipe that I have always used for Thanksgiving Day. :)

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If you're a fan of the Mediterranean flavors, then add this turkey recipe to your holiday menu. The olive oil, garlic, and herbs rubbed under and over the skin infuse so much fantastic flavor and moisture. You're left with a beautiful and delicious turkey. It has a rich aroma and incredible rosemary and garlic flavor. The Test Kitchen


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★★★★★ 1 vote

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Prep:
25 Min
Cook:
4 Hr
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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  • 3/4 c
    olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped, fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp
    chopped, fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp
    Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1
    12 lb. turkey

How to Make Mom's Thanksgiving Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, basil, Italian seasoning, black pepper and salt. Set aside.
  3. Wash the turkey inside and out; pat dry. Remove any large fat deposits.
  4. Loosen the skin from the breast. This is done by slowly working your fingers between the breast and the skin.
  5. Work it loose to the end of the drumstick, being careful not to tear the skin.
  6. Using your hand, spread a generous amount of the rosemary mixture under the breast skin and down the thigh and leg.
  7. Rub the remainder of the rosemary mixture over the outside of the breast.
  8. Use toothpicks to seal skin over any exposed breast meat.
  9. Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Add about 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the pan.
  10. Roast in the preheated oven 3 to 4 hours, or until the internal temperature of the bird reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).

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About Mom's Thanksgiving Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Course/Dish: Turkey
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Collection: Thanksgiving Table




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