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Easy Garlic Butter Herb Roasted Turkey Recipe

The best garlic butter herb roasted turkey recipe ever - with tips on how to brine turkey, a chart for how long to roast turkey, how much turkey per person, and more.

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Easy Garlic Butter Herb Roasted Turkey Recipe - The best garlic butter herb roasted turkey recipe ever - with tips on how to brine turkey, a chart for how long to roast turkey, how much turkey per person, and more.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12
Author Maya Krampf from WholesomeYum.com

Ingredients

  • 2 gallons Water *
  • 2 1/2 cups Kosher salt *
  • 12 lb Whole turkey *
  • 1/2 cup Butter (softened; use ghee for dairy-free, paleo or whole30)
  • 1 tbsp Fresh sage (chopped finely)
  • 1 tbsp Fresh rosemary (chopped finely)
  • 1 tbsp Fresh thyme (leaves only)
  • 4 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp Lemon zest
  • 1/2 tbsp Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot large enough to fit the turkey, stir together 2 gallons (7.5 L) of water and 2 1/2 cups (128 g) kosher salt. Submerge the turkey in the brine. Refrigerate for 10 to 12 hours.

  2. When the turkey is done brining, drain the water and pat dry. Place the turkey onto a roasting pan with a roasting rack.

  3. Position the oven rack on a low position, so that there is enough room for the turkey. The top of the turkey should end up just slightly higher than the middle when placed in the oven later. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees F).

  4. In a small bowl, mash together the softened butter, sage, rosemary, thyme, minced garlic, lemon zest, sea salt and black pepper.

  5. Use your hands under the skin of the turkey to separate the skin from the meat underneath. (Be careful not to tear the skin.) 

  6. Spread half of the butter all over the turkey underneath the skin. Spread the other half over the skin all over.

  7. Check the chart above for the amount of time to roast without foil and the remaining time with foil. For a 12 lb turkey, that's 45 minutes uncovered followed by about 2 1/4 hours covered. To cover, tent the top of the turkey with foil, shiny side out, making sure no turkey is peeking out, and return to the oven.

  8. Check that the roasted turkey is done with a meat thermometer - it should read 165 degrees for the safest option. For the most juicy turkey, aim for 150-155 degrees, and then cover in foil immediately after removing from the oven. Let the turkey rest, covered in foil, for about 20 minutes to come up to 165 to 170 degrees before serving.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1 lb per person including bone weight, or about 6 oz of cooked, boneless turkey
 
A 12 lb turkey yields about 4.5 lbs edible meat. 
 
*Check the post above for amounts of water, salt and roasting times for different turkey sizes.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 241 | Fat: 14g | Protein: 26g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and we strive to keep it as accurate as possible. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate with this information, but please feel free to make your own calculations.

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