Roasted Turkey with Béarnaise Butter

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Bearnaise butter elevates the already beautiful flavor of roasted turkey for an impressive holiday dinner.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 40 Minutes
Total: 8 Hours, 10 Minutes



  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  6. *Frozen whole turkey, thawed, may be substituted.
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