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Citrus-Rosemary Rubbed Turkey

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-3/4 hours + standing


13-15 servings

While recovering from hip surgery, I wrote my family for some of their favorite recipes to compile into a cookbook. This seasoned turkey is timeless. —Della Stamp, Long Beach, California


  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated fresh or dried orange zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated fresh or dried lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 turkey (13 to 15 pounds)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan; pat dry. Brush with oil; rub rosemary mixture over turkey.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 hours or until a 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.

Nutrition Facts

4 ounce-weight: 493 calories, 25g fat (7g saturated fat), 212mg cholesterol, 307mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 63g protein.

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