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Easy Herb-Roasted Turkey

Leigh Beisch
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 1 hr, 45 mins
Stand time 30 mins

Makes 18 servings (serving size: 6 ounces (without skin))


  • 1 chopped large yellow onion
  • 1 chopped large carrot
  • 1 chopped large celery stalk
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 7 chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (12- to 16-pound) fresh or prebrined turkey*
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided

Nutrition Information

  • calories 280
  • fat 6 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 1 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 51 g
  • carbohydrate 1 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 173 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 121 mg
  • calcium 41 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients (through pepper) in a medium bowl. Mix well, and set aside.

  2. Position a rack on second-lowest level in oven; preheat to 500°. Have a large roasting pan ready with a rack set in pan.

  3. Put 1/2 cup vegetable mixture inside neck cavity and 1/2 cup inside chest cavity of turkey. Scatter remaining vegetables on bottom of pan, and add 1 cup water. Truss turkey by tying ends of legs with twine. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under bird. Using a pastry brush, brush turkey with 1/2 of the melted butter. Place turkey, breast side down, on roasting rack. Roast 30 minutes; turn oven down to 350°. Baste turkey with pan juices; roast 30 minutes more.

  4. Remove turkey from oven. Carefully (using something to protect your hands) turn turkey breast side up. (It won't be very hot at this point.) Baste with pan juices and remaining butter; return to oven. If breast is becoming too dark, shield with foil. Roast, basting with pan juices again after 45 minutes. Turkey is done when an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F when inserted into thickest part of a thigh away from the bone.

  5. Tilt juices from cavity into pan. Transfer bird to a carving board, and cover loosely with foil. Let rest for 30-40 minutes before carving. Carve turkey, and serve.