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This easy method produces all the good looks and moist flavor you dream of in an oven-roasted turkey. Make sure you show this beauty off at the table before you carve it. Garnish your serving platter with fresh herb sprigs and citrus wedges for a show-stopping Thanksgiving turkey.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2006

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active:
30 mins
total:
3 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 475 degrees F.

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  • Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavities and reserve for making gravy. Place the turkey, breast-side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan; pat dry with paper towels. Mix minced herbs, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture all over the turkey, under the skin and onto the breast meat. Place aromatics and 10 of the herb sprigs in the cavity. Tuck the wing tips under the turkey. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. Add 3 cups water and the remaining 10 herb sprigs to the pan.

  • Roast the turkey until the skin is golden brown, 45 minutes. Remove from the oven. Cover the breast with a double layer of foil, cutting as necessary to conform to the breast. 

  • Reduce oven temperature to 350° and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh without touching bone registers 165°, 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours more. If the pan dries out, tilt the turkey to let juices run out of the cavity into the pan and add 1 cup water. 

  • Transfer the turkey to a serving platter and cover with foil. (If you're making Herbed Pan Gravy, start here.) Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes. Remove string and carve.

Tips

Equipment: Large roasting pan, roasting rack, kitchen string, thermometer

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces
172 calories; protein 25g; fat 7g; saturated fat 2g; cholesterol 88mg; vitamin a iu 27IU; vitamin c 0.3mg; folate 8mcg; calcium 13mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 27mg; potassium 210mg; sodium 320mg.

3 1/2 lean meat

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