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How to Make a Moist, Juicy Roast Turkey

Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving. You can prepare a delicious and healthy roast turkey for any occasion.


  • Step 1: Mince herbs and garlic Finely mince the parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, and garlic and set aside.
  • TIP: You can use a food processor to mince.
  • Step 2: Rinse turkey Rinse the turkey inside and out with water and pat it dry with paper towels. Then place the turkey in a large glass pan.
  • Step 3: Loosen skin Insert your fingers between the skin and meat, starting at the neck cavity, and loosen the skin on the breast and drumsticks. Sprinkle kosher salt and pepper both under and on top of the skin. Then spread the garlic and herb mixture over the meat under the skin and press the skin down. Tuck the wingtips over the back and into the turkey and refrigerate overnight.
  • Step 4: Preheat oven Take the turkey out of the refrigerator and let it sit for an hour. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit with the oven rack at its lowest position.
  • Step 5: Slice onions in roasting pan Slice the onions into thin rings, spread them over the bottom of a roasting pan, and set the turkey, breast side up, on top of the onion slices.
  • Step 6: Brush oil onto the turkey Brush the turkey with the grapeseed oil. Then brush oil onto one side of a folded piece of aluminum foil and tent the foil, oil side down, over the turkey's breast.
  • TIP: You can use extra virgin olive oil instead of grapeseed oil.
  • Step 7: Place the turkey into the oven Place the turkey into the oven with the legs facing the back of the oven.
  • Step 8: Roast Roast for 45 minutes and then remove the foil from the turkey and turn the pan around. Continue roasting the turkey for another hour and 15 minutes -- until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 9: Remove from oven Remove the turkey, place it on a platter and let it stand for 20 minutes before carving. Then enjoy your delicious, healthy roast turkey.
  • FACT: The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

You Will Need

  • 1 c. fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 c. fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 c. fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 c. fresh thyme leaves
  • 22 medium garlic cloves
  • A 10-12 lb. turkey
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. grapeseed oil
  • Equipment:
  • Glass pan
  • Roasting pan
  • Basting brush
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. olive oil (optional)
  • Food processor (optional)

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