Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Rosemary Roasted TurkeyRecipe
Photo: Charles Walton; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes
Cook: 4 Hours


1 (14-pound) bone-in turkey
1 (3/4-ounce) package fresh rosemary sprigs, divided
1/4 cup salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons dried rosemary, crushed
11 garlic cloves, pressed
2 tablespoons grated lemon rind (4 large lemons)
2 large yellow onions, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 (750-milliliter) bottle white Zinfandel or dry white wine, divided
2 (12-inch) cheesecloth squares
1 cup orange juice
Garnishes: fresh rosemary sprigs, orange slices


Remove giblets and neck from turkey, and discard. Rinse turkey with cold water; pat dry.

Loosen skin from turkey breast without detaching it; carefully place 2 rosemary sprigs under skin. Set remaining rosemary sprigs aside.

Combine salt and next 3 ingredients; sprinkle turkey inside and out with mixture. Sprinkle garlic and lemon rind in turkey cavity; stuff with onion and remaining rosemary sprigs. Place turkey, breast side up, in a large shallow roasting pan, tucking wingtips under. Pour lemon juice over turkey.

Stir together butter and 1 cup wine in a large bowl; add cheesecloth squares, and let stand until liquid is absorbed. Place cheesecloth over turkey, covering entire bird.

Bake at 325° for 30 minutes. Add remaining 2 cups wine and orange juice to pan; bake 3 hours and 30 minutes more or until a meat thermometer inserted into thigh registers 180°, basting every 30 minutes with pan juices. Moisten cheesecloth with pan juices to remove easily. Let stand 20 minutes before carving. Garnish, if desired.