Save Recipe Print
Total:
3 hr 20 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
2 hr 30 min
Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
3 hr 20 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
2 hr 30 min
Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Directions

Watch how to make this recipe.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves to the butter mixture. Set aside.

Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, halved lemon, quartered onion, and the garlic. Brush the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.

Roast the turkey about 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 20 minutes.

Slice the turkey and serve.

Pairs well with Pinot Noir

Our Best Holiday Cookies 57 Videos

Get the Recipe

Holiday Swirled Sugar Cookies 00:30

Find out how to get a festive, swirling effect on iced cookies.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Perfect Roast Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Simple, Perfect Chili

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Turkey Pot Roast

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Simple Roasted Pork Shoulder

Recipe courtesy of Aaron McCargo Jr.

Perfect Pumpkin Cakes

Recipe courtesy of Nancy Fuller

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Roasted Lamb Chops

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys

Sweet Spicy Smokey Roasted Almonds

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Turkey Chili

Recipe courtesy of Scott Uehlein|Nancy Lopez

Browse Reviews By Keyword