Rosemary Roasted Turkey Recipe
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Rosemary Roasted Turkey Recipe

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Our home economists perch a turkey on top of whole onions, which can be served alongside the carved bird. The pairing of white wine and rosemary creates a mouth-watering gravy. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 3 whole garlic bulbs
  • 6 large onions, halved
  • 5 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Nutritional Facts

8 ounces cooked turkey with 2 tablespoons gravy: 658 calories, 31g fat (10g saturated fat), 254mg cholesterol, 328mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 74g protein.


  1. Remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate cloves). Cut tops off of garlic bulbs. Place the garlic, onions and rosemary sprigs in a shallow roasting pan. Pat turkey dry. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up over onion mixture. Pour wine into pan.
  2. Brush turkey with oil and sprinkle with rosemary, salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-1/2 to 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 slicing.
  3. For gravy, strain drippings into a small bowl. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add drippings. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with turkey. Yield: 14 servings (2-1/2 cups gravy).
Originally published as Rosemary Roasted Turkey in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2011, p115

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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off2cook User ID: 7937855 195583
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2014

"I never really loved turkey. I must admit, this recipe, made a turkey lover out of me. Made this for Thanksgiving one time and it was a huge hit with my family. Makes excellent gravy too. Definitely made this again and again."

thomsmom User ID: 2041371 195581
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"This is fantastic. It looks at first glance at the recipe list to be complicated but its not. people who do/will not use alcohol can substitute white grape juice or possibly cider which may be a little less sweet."

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