Juicy Herb-Roasted Turkey Recipe
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Juicy Herb-Roasted Turkey Recipe

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Add wonderful flavor to your turkey dinner through the use of delicious herbs. Make sure you use the drippings for a delicious gravy!— Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3-1/4 hours + standing
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 8 fresh sage leaves plus 4 fresh sage sprigs, divided
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs, divided
  • 4 medium onions
  • 5 celery ribs
  • 5 medium carrots
  • 3 medium parsnips

Nutritional Facts

8 ounce-weight: 599 calories, 32g fat (8g saturated fat), 245mg cholesterol, 342mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 72g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup oil, garlic, salt and pepper. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey breast; rub mixture under the skin. Place sage leaves and two thyme sprigs under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks.
  2. Cut onions into wedges and the celery, carrots and parsnips into 2-in. lengths. Place about a fifth of the onions, celery and carrots in the turkey cavity; add sprigs and remaining thyme. Place remaining vegetables in a roasting pan. Place turkey, breast side up, over vegetables. Brush with remaining oil.
  3. Bake at 325° for 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 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 before carving turkey. Discard vegetables; use drippings to make gravy. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Herb-Roasted Turkey in Taste of Home October/November 2009, p43

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Mebeverryalive User ID: 7205837 103497
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"I infuse my olive oil a day or two ahead of time with the herbs suggested. This recipe never fails to produce a very moist and tasty turkey."

lady_g User ID: 4848935 118426
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"Delicious, juicy turkey!"

babylyric1 User ID: 4410058 184717
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"This turkey was easy, delicious, and looked fabulous as a center piece to my table tonight. I was surprised at how quickly this came together for as attractive as it looks. I got a lot of "Wow, how did you do that?" and "Oh, that looks so amazing!" I'll make this again for sure!"

mimicotom User ID: 2516523 173185
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"The best ever turkey! The prep time is a little longer than usual; but worth it. After the bird was cooked, I took it out of the oven and wrapped a blanket around the roasting pan and left it for 1 hour. This allowed the juices to retract and was still very hot. You can use the extra hour to do something else."

joedebfry User ID: 265172 116372
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"Both the turkey and gravy were excellent! I followed another's suggestion and pureed vegetables that had been roasted with the turkey, to thicken the gravy. Everyone loved it. I need to eat wheat-free, so this was an added bonus."

decoratingbonnie User ID: 4447698 187476
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"Cindy, Regarding discarding the vegetables. I use them this way. I remove the vegatables but puree them and add them to the remaing broth for gravy. It is the best gravy ever. Because of the carrots, the gravy is not the exact desired color, however, the flavor far out ways the color. For those with a gluten free diet, puree the vegetables and only add enough broth to achieve the correct gravy consistancy. No flour is added. This is very good."

cemab4y User ID: 5150185 168787
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Cindy, vegetables are placed in the cavity, to impart moisture and flavor to the bird. After cooking, the vegetables are all "mushy" and the flavors are spent. It is best to just discard the vegetables."

dernaj User ID: 2080737 173181
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"Can we use this on chicken ?"

cindyadavis User ID: 6112981 127387
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"Can anyone tell me why you would discard the veggies???"

misstaxidriver User ID: 4261165 187474
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"This was delicious and pretty. My boyfriend insists we make it again this year."

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