Total TimePrep: 10 min. Bake: 4 hours
- 1 turkey (14 pounds)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 18 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
- 4 medium onions, sliced
- 4 celery ribs, sliced
- 2 medium carrots, sliced
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon peppercorns
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
- 1 teaspoon VSATEST or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon minced chives
- Rub the surface of the turkey and sprinkle cavity with salt and pepper. Place 12 sprigs of thyme in cavity.
- In a large heavy roasting pan, place onions, celery, carrots, bay leaves, peppercorns and remaining thyme sprigs. Place the turkey, breast side up, over vegetables. Drizzle butter over turkey and sprinkle with minced herbs.
- Cover loosely with foil. Bake at 325° for 2-1/2 hours. Remove foil; bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours longer or until a thermometer reads 180°, basting every 20 minutes.
- Cover and let stand for 20 minutes before carving. Discard vegetables, bay leaves and peppercorns; if desired, skim fat and thicken pan drippings for gravy. Serve with turkey.
Nutrition Facts8 ounces cooked turkey: 463 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 190mg cholesterol, 734mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 67g protein.
Dec 31, 2014
Very flavorful and juicy bird!
Jul 19, 2012
best turkey i have ever had
Nov 25, 2011
I'd make this recipe a several years back and while it was good, I still kept trying different recipes. A few years ago, I was told to try cooking your turkey in a bag. It's so easy-no basting-and your turkey is juicy. So this year I used this recipe but put everything in a turkey bag and everyone loved it! I'll be using this recipe from now on.
Nov 27, 2010
Delicious! The drippings made the best gravy. We brined our turkey overnight and skipped the extra salt in the recipe. Our turkey did get a bit overcooked in 3 hours time. If you brine your turkey make sure to check the temp earlier than the stated time frame.
Nov 2, 2010
I will be using this same recipe for the second Thanksgiving in a row. My husband hates a turkey that has dry white meat. He loved the moisture in this entire turkey and asked that I keep this recipe handy in my Recipe Box. Our daughter is a newlywed, so I recommended this recipe to her. It's so easy and good!!!
Dec 11, 2009
This was only my second time ever making a turkey! I had a big crowd to feed being that we are stationed overseas and had invited a lot of my husband's soldiers from the barracks. It was so moist and flavorful, I will absolutely use it again, so so yummy!
Dec 6, 2009
This will continue to be the recipe I'll be using every year for preparing our Thanksgiving turkey. I received compliments at dinner and even more from those who took home leftovers for sandwiches. If you want a moist turkey, this is the recipe you want to use.
Jan 3, 2008
Very succulent flavor....very tender, very good recipe!
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