Herbed Rubbed Turkey Recipe
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Herbed Rubbed Turkey Recipe

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Rubs really have a way of locking in the flavor of meats. Here a wonderful blend of seasonings makes turkey extraordinary.—Twila Burkholder, Middleburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 4 hours
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 4 hours
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 2 tablespoons rubbed sage
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Rub half the seasoning mixture in the cavity of the turkey; add the bay leaves. Rub remaining mixture over the turkey skin.
  2. Tie the drumsticks together and place turkey in a roasting pan. Roast using your favorite cooking method until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°. Cover turkey and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Herbed Rubbed Turkey in Taste of Home December/January 1997, p41

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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sasamitch User ID: 4327567 38139
Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"My family loved this!"

pattibourey User ID: 3847259 14580
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"The seasonings give such a wonderful aroma while baking and a wonderful taste once on the dinner table."

MY REVIEW User ID: 582743 14579
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"I made half of the rub and roasted a chicken with it. It was nothing special, just ok."

slding User ID: 657711 16533
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"My husband loves the turkey skin and he really 'gobbled' this recipe!"

kitchenette User ID: 5104797 39828
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"I used this to season my Thanksgiving turkey, and it added a very good flavor to the turkey without being overpowering. I omitted the allspice and curry, and reduced the paprika to 1/2 tsp. and the mustard to 1/4 tsp. If I make this again, I'll use just 1 tsp. of salt rather than a Tbsp. The turkey tasted just right, but the pan drippings made the gravy very salty."

jlc2 User ID: 4834253 40633
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"This seasoning was spectacular. I froze the leftover Turkey and used it in a soup. The flavor of the soup was wonderful. There was no need to use any additional spices in the soup."

linda_ing User ID: 1152650 38138
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"Duchess502, a turkey is usually roasted at 325 degrees. I think the recipe is saying to use a standard recipe for roasting a turkey {ie with more detailed instructions) but add the rub."

Maxine Miller User ID: 2800706 41974
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I would avoid the curry and allspice. It' destroys the American taste of the turkey."

barbara.kearney User ID: 822330 14576
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2009

"This is outstanding. I added a quartered apple and onion inside and cooked it in a baking bag. It was moist and the most tasty turkey I have cooked."

Duchess502 User ID: 240021 41973
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"What temperature is the oven set at?????"

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