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Happy Orange Turkey


  • 3 medium oranges
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 small onion, cut into wedges
  • 4 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Turkey-size oven roasting bag
  • 1-1/2 cups Champagne
  • 1/2 cup orange juice


  • 1. Finely grate peel from oranges. Cut the fruit into wedges. Combine softened butter and orange peel. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey; rub butter mixture under the skin.
  • 2. Pat turkey dry. Combine the garlic powder, salt and pepper; rub over the outside and inside of turkey. Drizzle with melted butter. Place the oranges, onion, rosemary and thyme inside the cavity. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together.
  • 3. Place flour in oven bag and shake to coat. Place oven bag in a roasting pan. Place turkey, breast side up, in bag. Pour Champagne and orange juice over turkey. Cut six 1/2-in. slits in top of bag; close bag with tie provided.
  • 4. Bake at 325° for 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°. Remove turkey to a serving platter and keep warm. Let stand for 20 minutes before carving. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.

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Average Rating: 5
  • Marianne
    Nov 24, 2017

    Best turkey I ever made! I used this recipe last minute because I wanted to put oranges inside my turkey so I searched for that type of recipe. I didn't read the recipe that well before starting and didn't realize I needed a cooking bag or champagne. Then I even forgot to pour orange juice over the top. Instead I basted as it cooked. It still came out excellent. The turkey was so tender and tasty. I made gravy with the drippings and that turned out great as well. I am keeping this recipe to use for years to come!

  • justducky76
    Dec 25, 2015

    This turkey was simply perfect! I didn't use an oven bag and substituted cooking sherry for the champagne. I dressed up the turkey but placing orange slices on the top. The gravy made from the drippings was amazing. This is a definite keeper!

    I made lemony green beans (TOH recipe) to go with this turkey. Awesome!

  • katiejenifer
    Nov 22, 2014

    This will be my third year making this recipe! Family loves it! Easy to do and smells great! Nice change to herb only flavored turkey.

  • sgronholz
    Jan 27, 2013

    We had leftover Moscato from the holidays, so I decided to try this recipe with a 7 lb. roasting chicken. YUM! I cut the recipe in half and did not use the flour or roasting bag. I just basted a lot instead. My husband can't wait for me to make it again!

  • katlaydee3
    Nov 22, 2012

    I made this for Thanksgiving dinner. It came out super moist and literally fell off the bones. The drippings made an excellent and unique gravy.

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