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Lemon Herb Roasted Turkey

Posted in : Thanksgiving on by : Daphne


1/2 cup butter, melted2 teaspoons grated lemon peel3 tablespoons lemon juice1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)2 teaspoons salt2 teaspoons pepper1 medium onion, quartered1 medium lemon, halved14 garlic cloves, peeled24 fresh thyme sprigs1 tablespoon all-purpose flour1 turkey-size oven roasting bag


In a small bowl, combine the butter, lemon juice, lemon peel and minced thyme. Pat turkey dry. Sprinkle salt and pepper over skin of turkey and inside cavity; brush with butter mixture. Place lemon, onion, garlic and thyme sprigs inside cavity. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together.

Place flour in oven bag and shake to coat. Place bag in a roasting pan; add turkey, breast side up. Cut six 1/2-in. slits in top of bag; close bag with tie provided.
Bake at 350° for 2-1/4 to 2-3/4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°. Remove turkey to a serving platter and keep warm. Let stand for 15 minutes before carving. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy. Yield: 14-16 servings.