Roasted Turkey with Béarnaise Butter

Roasted Turkey with Bearnaise ButterRecipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Bearnaise butter elevates the already beautiful flavor of roasted turkey for an impressive holiday dinner.


Makes 8 servings
Total time: 8 Hours, 10 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 40 Minutes
Total: 8 Hours, 10 Minutes


1 (12- to 15-lb.) whole fresh turkey*
Kitchen string
2 cups dry white wine
2 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour


1. Preheat oven to 325°. Remove giblets and neck from turkey, and rinse turkey with cold water. Drain cavity well; pat dry. Loosen and lift skin from turkey breast without totally detaching skin. Rub 1/4 cup Béarnaise Butter under skin; replace skin. Sprinkle cavity and outside of turkey with desired amount of salt and freshly ground pepper.

2. Place turkey, breast side up, on a lightly greased roasting rack in a large roasting pan. Tie ends of legs together with string; tuck wingtips under. Rub entire turkey with 1/4 cup Béarnaise Butter. Pour wine and 2 cups chicken broth into roasting pan.

3. Bake at 325° for 3 hours and 15 minutes to 4 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of thigh registers 165°, basting every 30 minutes with pan juices. Shield with aluminum foil after 1 1/2 hours to prevent excessive browning, if necessary. Remove from oven, and let stand 30 minutes.

4. Transfer turkey to a serving platter, reserving 2 1/2 cups pan drippings. Pour reserved drippings through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids.

5. Melt remaining Béarnaise Butter in a saucepan over medium heat; whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Gradually add reserved drippings to saucepan, and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until thickened. Add up to 1/2 cup remaining chicken broth for desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve turkey with gravy.

*Frozen whole turkey, thawed, may be substituted.