Easy Herb Roasted TurkeySarah Armstrong
The only recipe I use for Thanksgiving. Basic and delicious!
- 1 (12 pound) whole turkey
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon ground sage
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups water
- 1 orange, quartered
- 1 lemon, quartered
- 1 head garlic, cut in half
- 1 small onion, quartered
- 1 bunch sage
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Clean turkey (discard giblets and organs), and place in a roasting pan with a lid.
Stuff the orange, lemon, garlic, onion, and fresh sage inside the cavity of the turkey.
In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, ground sage, salt, and black pepper. Using a basting brush, apply the mixture to the outside of the uncooked turkey. Pour water into the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover.
Bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove bird from oven, and allow to stand for about 30 minutes before carving.
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