Herb Roasted Turkey

    4 hours 25 mins

    This recipe keeps your turkey moist and full of flavour. You can also use this recipe for roasting chicken and Cornish game hens. Adjust the amount of herbs to use according to the size of the turkey that you've selected.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 3/4 cup olive oil
    • 1 head garlic, peeled and crushed
    • good handful chopped fresh rosemary
    • handful chopped fresh basil
    • 1 tablespoon Italian herb seasoning
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 whole turkey
    • 1 tablespoon of plain flour

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:4hr  ›  Ready in:4hr25min 

    1. Combine the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, basil, Italian herb seasoning, black pepper and salt. Set aside.
    2. Wash the turkey, inside and out and pat dry. Remove any excess fat deposits. Loosen the skin from the breast. This is done by slowly working your fingers between the breast and the skin. Work it loose to the end of the drumstick being careful not to tear the skin.
    3. Using your hand, spread a generous amount of the rosemary mixture under the breast skin and down the thigh and leg. Rub the remainder of the rosemary mixture over the outside of the breast. Use cocktail sticks to seal skin over any exposed breast meat.
    4. Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting tin. Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Roast according to the weight of your turkey. Roast in a preheated 180 C oven. When finished, a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh should read 82 C and the juices should run clear when pierced with a fork.

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    I have made this turkey 4 years in a row. My husband and I only made a few changes. First, we cover for 2 hours then cook uncovered the last 2. We also double the ingredients and place under the skin, on top and in the cavity. This adds a nice rosemary flavor to the stuffing.  -  06 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I put the spices and the olive oil together the night before and let the oil soak up all the flavor. All I did on Thanksgiving Day was rub it all over the turkey - inside and out - and place the turkey in a "turkey" baking bag for 3 hours. It was great!!  -  28 Nov 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I love this recipe, i have used it for a few years now and still love it. To keep it extra moist and half the cooking time i place the already seasoned turkey in an oven roasting bag and seal it with the twist tie thingy. MMMM  -  30 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)