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Herbed Rubbed Turkey Recipe

Herbed Rubbed Turkey Recipe

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 YIELD: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.

Reviews for Herbed Rubbed Turkey

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sasamitch 38139
Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"My family loved this!"

pattibourey 14580
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

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

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

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

slding 16533
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

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

kitchenette 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 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 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 41974
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

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

barbara.kearney 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 41973
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

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

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied White Wine

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