- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Medium-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer
Reviews for Juicy Herb-Roasted Turkey
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"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."
"Delicious, juicy turkey!"
"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!"
"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."
"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."