Mom's Thanksgiving Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Dene Mitzel


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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25 Min
4 Hr


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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
12 lb. turkey

How to Make Mom's Thanksgiving Rosemary Roasted Turkey


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