Carrie's Famous Turkey Recipe
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Carrie's Famous Turkey Recipe

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If you’re looking for a simple yet impressive bird, this is it! Moist and flavorful, the golden-brown turkey is sure to thrill your guests. —Carrie Goedken, Iowa City, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2-3/4 hours + standing
MAKES:14 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2-3/4 hours + standing
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh sage
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 medium apple, quartered
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 4 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

8 ounces cooked turkey equals 622 calories, 35 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 262 mg cholesterol, 304 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 72 g protein.


  1. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from turkey breast; Combine the butter, garlic and minced sage and rosemary; rub under turkey skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks.
  2. Loosely stuff turkey with onion, apple, sage leaves and rosemary sprigs. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake at 325° for 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes; remove and discard onion, apple and herbs before carving. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Carrie's Famous Turkey in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2011, p43

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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