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Classic Roast Turkey Recipe for Thanksgiving


  • 1 (12-14 pound) whole turkey
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 cups chicken broth


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).
  2. Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey cavity, and rinse the turkey inside and out with cold water. Pat it dry with paper towels.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the softened butter, dried thyme, dried rosemary, dried sage, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Gently loosen the skin from the turkey breast by sliding your hand under the skin. Rub half of the butter mixture under the skin.
  5. Place the quartered onion, halved lemon, and crushed garlic cloves inside the turkey cavity.
  6. Tie the turkey legs together with kitchen twine.
  7. Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan, breast side up.
  8. Pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the roasting pan.
  9. Brush the remaining butter mixture over the outside of the turkey.
  10. Cover the turkey loosely with aluminum foil.
  11. Roast the turkey in the preheated oven for about 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh.
  12. Remove the foil during the last 30 minutes of cooking to brown the skin.
  13. Once cooked, transfer the turkey to a serving platter and let it rest for 20 minutes before carving.
  14. Strain the pan drippings and use them to make gravy, if desired.

Enjoy your delicious Classic Roast Turkey with all your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes!

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