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Roast Turkey Recipe

Lil' Luna
Directions for a perfectly roasted and seasoned turkey every time. Herb-glazed roast turkey is a juicy, moist show-stopper.
5 from 6 votes
Cook Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 786 kcal


for the turkey:

  • 1 14-16 pound turkey thawed and brined
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Granny Smith apples cored and cut into slices
  • 2-3 carrots peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 onion cut into pieces
  • 5-6 stalks celery cut into 1 inch pieces

for the glaze:

  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 425.
  • Brush the olive oil all over the skin of the turkey and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place about 2/3 of the vegetables and apples in the bottom of a roasting pan with an elevated rack in it.
  • Place the turkey in the roasting pan and stuff the remaining vegetables inside the turkey. If the turkey's legs are not already tied together, tie them with kitchen twine.
  • Roast the turkey uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes, then cover loosely with foil. Reduce the heat to 375 and roast for an additional 2 - 2 1/2 hours. The turkey is fully cooked when a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees.
  • To finish the turkey, whisk together the glaze ingredients. Brush the glaze over the turkey, and return the turkey to the oven uncovered for 15-20 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven, discard the vegetables, and let rest 10-20 minutes before serving.


Serving: 12gCalories: 786kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 88gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 310mgSodium: 916mgPotassium: 1008mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 2190IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Roast Turkey with Herb Glaze
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