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Garlic Rosemary Turkey

The house smells so good while this turkey is cooking that my family can hardly wait to eat! The garlic, herbs and lemon are so simple, but they're all you really need for this turkey to shine. —Cathy Dobbins, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 large lemons, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Cut six to eight small slits in turkey skin; insert garlic under the skin. Squeeze two lemon halves inside the turkey; squeeze remaining halves over outside of turkey. Place lemons in the cavity.
  • Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Brush with oil; sprinkle with rosemary and sage. Roast 1 hour.
  • Cover turkey with foil; roast 2 to 2-1/2 hours longer or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°. Baste occasionally with pan drippings.
  • Remove turkey from oven. Let stand 20 minutes before carving. If desired, skim fat and thicken pan drippings for gravy. Serve with turkey.

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  • Cherry658
    Nov 25, 2016

    We made this for the first time yesterday for Thanksgiving and we hardly had leftovers.??It was delicious, juicy and easy to make! This recipe is a keeper and my guest were asking the recipes.Definitely recommending it. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • WolfFeder3920
    Feb 1, 2015

    Incredibly tasty, you'll have a wonderful juicy turkey. It's delicious and very simple to make! I can only recommend it!

  • abih14
    Oct 17, 2014

    I made this last year for thanksgiving! My family can't wait for me to make it again this year!It was my first time cooking a turkey. It was very easy to make and very delicious!

  • chinadoll2008
    Apr 20, 2013

    So easy & delicious! And I made this in April! I like to buy turkeys on sale during the holidays and keep them in the freezer to make throughout the year. It's a money saver. And this is a new family favorite!