Beautiful Roasted Turkey Recipe

Beautiful Roasted Turkey Recipe


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Change up your routine turkey preparation this year with this simple, elegant and delicious recipe. A simple herb rub is the key to this tasteful and sophisticated Thanksgiving recipe. All holiday recipes should be this easy to pull together!

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Serving Size / Yield

5 servings


  • 1-1 1/2 C. butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbs. sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 (approx. 14 pounds) turkey

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Mix the spices into the butter until blended. Tuck back the wings and smooth the butter mixture over the entire turkey, gently rubbing it in. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula smooth it around inside the turkey. Lift up the skin and spread it under there as well. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan and place it on the lowest rack of the oven. Bake at 450°F for 30 minutes uncovered. Remove the turkey from the oven and cover the breast with a double layer of heavy duty aluminum foil loosely over the turkey breast area. Reduce the oven to 350°F. and roast until the turkey temperature reaches 161°F (about 2 to 2 1/2 hours). Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest while covered for about 15 minutes before carving.

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