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Roasted Turkey with Sage

Real Simple NOVEMBER 2008

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings
  • Prep time:10 Minutes
  • Other:3 Hours, 20 Minutes


  • 1 12-pound turkey, giblets removed
  • 1 bunch sage
  • 6 onions, unpeeled and quartered
  • 4 carrots, unpeeled and cut in half crosswise
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth


Prepare and Roast the Turkey
Heat oven to 400° F. Stuff the turkey cavity with the sage and 4 onion quarters. Scatter the carrots and the remaining onions in a large roasting pan.

Place the turkey on top of the onions and carrots. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine and tuck the wings underneath the body. Brush the turkey with the butter and season with 1 teaspoon salt.

Roast the turkey for 45 minutes. Add the broth to the roasting pan. Continue to roast the turkey, covering it loosely with foil if it browns too quickly, until a thermometer inserted into a thigh registers 165° F, 2 to 2 1/4 hours.

Remove the Turkey from the Oven
Carefully tilt the turkey to empty the juices from the cavity into the pan. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board, tent loosely with foil, and let rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. Discard the onions and carrots. Reserve the pan drippings for Hard Cider Gravy.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 687
  • Calories from fat: 35%
  • Protein: 105g
  • Carbohydrate: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Fat: 27g
  • Saturated fat: 10g
  • Sodium: 510mg
  • Cholesterol: 402mg

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