I can't wait to serve this juicy turkey at Thanksgiving—so I make it several times a year. It's even more delicious than its aroma while baking!—Terrie Herman, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- 1/4 cup ground mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 2 celery ribs, quartered lengthwise
- Fresh parsley sprigs
- 2 bacon strips
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- Additional olive oil
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- Combine the first six ingredients in a small bowl; stir to form a smooth paste. Brush over inside and outside of turkey. Cover or place in a 2-gal. resealable plastic bag; refrigerate for 1-24 hours.
- Place turkey on a rack in a large roasting pan. Place the onion, celery and parsley inside turkey cavity. Lay the bacon across breast. Spread butter between legs and body. Tie drumsticks together. Brush the turkey with oil. Pour broth and water into pan.
- Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 185°, basting frequently. Remove from oven; discard bacon. Let stand 20 minutes before carving. Thicken pan juices for gravy if desired. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Juicy Roast Turkey in Country Extra November 1997, p51
Medium-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer
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