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Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Perching a turkey on top of onions makes for a tender and flavorful bird. The onions will cook down and caramelize in the pan drippings—if you like, you can serve them alongside the carved turkey, and spread the roasted garlic on bread or rolls. The pairing of white wine and rosemary creates a mouthwatering gravy. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    14 servings (2-1/2 cups gravy)


  • 3 whole garlic bulbs
  • 6 large onions, halved
  • 5 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour


  • Remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate cloves). Cut tops off of garlic bulbs. Place the garlic, onions and rosemary sprigs in a shallow roasting pan. Pat turkey dry. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up over onion mixture. Pour wine into pan.
  • Brush turkey with oil and sprinkle with rosemary, salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, at 325° until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, 3-1/2 to 4 hours, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes before slicing.
  • For gravy, strain drippings into a small bowl. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add drippings. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 2 minutes. Serve with turkey.
Nutrition Facts
8 ounces cooked turkey with 2 tablespoons gravy: 658 calories, 31g fat (10g saturated fat), 254mg cholesterol, 328mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 74g protein.

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  • off2cook
    Aug 17, 2014

    I never really loved turkey. I must admit, this recipe, made a turkey lover out of me. Made this for Thanksgiving one time and it was a huge hit with my family. Makes excellent gravy too. Definitely made this again and again.

  • thomsmom
    Nov 18, 2013

    This is fantastic. It looks at first glance at the recipe list to be complicated but its not. people who do/will not use alcohol can substitute white grape juice or possibly cider which may be a little less sweet.