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Buttery Lemon Turkey

A simple seasoned butter with a dash of hot sauce and a splash of lemon provides all the flavor you could want in a holiday turkey. Even novice cooks will find the recipe easy.—Sharon Tipton, Winter Garden, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 turkey (10 to 12 pounds)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, whisk the first eight ingredients until blended; reserve 1/4 cup mixture for brushing turkey after roasting.
  • Place turkey on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together. Roast, uncovered, 2 hours, basting occasionally with remaining butter mixture.
  • Roast 30-60 minutes longer or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°. Baste occasionally with pan drippings.
  • Remove turkey from oven. Warm reserved butter mixture to melt butter; brush over turkey. Tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes before carving.

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