Herb-Roasted Turkey Recipe | Fresh Herbs for Turkey


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French Herb-Roasted Turkey

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    Holiday turkey anyone? Dress up your bird by adding herbes de Provence and stuffing the cavity with lemons, blood oranges, and onions.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 16
    1 (14-to-16-lbs.) whole turkey, thawed
    1 ½ tsp. Hy-Vee salt, divided
    1 tsp. plus 2 tbsp. herbes de Provence, or herbs from Provence
    2 small fresh bay leaves
    2 Meyer lemons, or 1 regular lemon, plus additional for garnish, cut into wedges
    1 navel orange, or blood orange, plus additional from garnish, cut into slices or wedges
    1 small yellow onion, cut into wedges
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee salted butter, softened
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee vegetable oil
    Fresh sage, for garnish

    Things To Grab

    • Paper towels
    • Plastic wrap
    • 100-percent-cotton kitchen string
    • Roasting pan with rack
    • Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray
    • Aluminum foil
    • Meat thermometer


    1. Remove neck and giblets from turkey; discard or reserve for another use. Pat turkey dry. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt in cavity and 1/2 teaspoon salt over skin. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

    2. Remove turkey from refrigerator 1 hour before roasting. Pat cavity and skin dry with paper towels. Sprinkle cavity with 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence. Stuff cavity with bay leaves, lemons, orange, and onion, Skewer neck skin to back. Tie drumsticks together with 100-percent-cotton kitchen string. Twist wing tips under back.

    3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a roasting rack with nonstick spray and place rack in a roasting pan. Place turkey, breast side up on the prepared roasting rack. Combine butter, oil, and remaining 2 tablespoons herbes de Provence. Rub butter mixture on the outside of the turkey. Loosely cover turkey with foil.

    4. Roast for 2-1/2 hours. Remove foil. Roast, uncovered, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 175 degrees to 180 degrees in thickest part of thigh away from bone, and 165 degrees in the thickest portion of the breast. If necessary, replace foil to prevent overbrowning.

    5. Remove turkey from oven; transfer to a cutting board. Loosely cover with foil and let stand for 20 minutes.

    6. To serve, remove and discard bay leaves, citrus, and onion from turkey cavity. Transfer turkey to a serving platter. Garnish platter with additional lemons and oranges, and fresh sage, if desired. 

    Nutrition facts


    310 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 9g
    • Cholesterol: 165mg
    • Sodium: 520mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 2g
    • Protein: 53g

    Daily Values

    Iron 10%
    Calcium 2%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 10%

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    Seasons December 2019