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Juicy Roast Turkey Recipe
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Juicy Roast Turkey Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 541 calories, 30 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 217 mg cholesterol, 596 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 62 g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Editor's Note: Cheesecloth is available in the housewares section of your grocery store. This recipe can be prepared without the cheesecloth.
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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Reviewed Nov. 27, 2015

"I've made it 4 years in a row now.. It's perfect"

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"This was horrible i will never make it again. Using this recipe ruined my thanksgiving dinner. The skin had a nasty flavor which also ruined my turkey gravy."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"This turkey turned out full of flavor. We especially loved having the bacon flavor on the breast meat."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"I made this for Thanksgiving & it was delicious. This was only my third time cooking a turkey, so I don't have a lot of experience with them. Since I had an 18 lb. turkey, I doubled the recipe and increased the cooking time and it turned out juicy, delicious & it looked beautiful too. I will continue to use this recipe in the future."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"Tis the season!!! Can't wait until Thanksgiving Dinner this Thursday, 2013!!! This recipe is as" GOOD" as it gets. Made it last year and is definitely a KEEPER. We did a 22 pound turkey and doubled the recipe."

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