Herb Roasted Turkey

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“This really is a moist and flavourful way to cook a turkey. The smell alone, when it is roasting, lures everyone into the kitchen. You can hardly wait for it to be done so you can tuck in to it. I have done this with turkey crowns as well with lots of success. I hope you will try it and like it as much as we do. This recipe was a grand prize winner in a Taste of Home turkey recipe contest.”
4hrs 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rub the surface of the turkey and sprinkle cavity with salt and pepper.
  2. Place 12 sprigs of thyme in cavity.
  3. In a large heavy roasting pan, place onions, celery, carrots, bay leaves, peppercorns and remaining thyme sprigs.
  4. Place the turkey, breast side up, over the vegetables.
  5. Drizzle butter over turkey and sprinkle with minced herbs.
  6. Cover loosely with foil.
  7. Bake at 325*F for 2 1/2 hours.
  8. Remove foil; bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours longer, basting every 20 minutes.
  9. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes before carving.
  10. For gravy, add a couple of cups of stock to vegetables in pan and heat to deglaze.
  11. Strain into a saucepan and thicken with some flour and water.
  12. (I put some cold water into a jar, add a few TBS of flour, screw the lid on and shake it til it is well mixed. Then I strain it thru a tea strainer to keep any lumps of flour out).

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