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Easy Herb Roasted Turkey

SarahSarah Armstrong

The only recipe I use for Thanksgiving. Basic and delicious!

servings:Makes 1 12 lb turkey

Ingredients

  • 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
Easy Herb Roasted Turkey photo

directions

  • 1

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Clean turkey (discard giblets and organs), and place in a roasting pan with a lid.

  • 2

    Stuff the orange, lemon, garlic, onion, and fresh sage inside the cavity of the turkey.

  • 3

    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.

  • 4

    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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