Herbed Roast Turkey Herbed Roast Turkey

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Roast turkey infused with fresh herbs has a classic flavour that all of your guests will enjoy. Use any combination of herbs you like. If the turkey starts to brown too quickly, just cover it lightly with foil as soon as it reaches the colour you're after.

  • Prep time 1 hour
  • Total time 4 hours & 30 minutes
  • Portion size 18 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine


Herbed Oil:


Herbed Oil: In bowl, combine tarragon, parsley, thyme and oil. With muddler or back of wooden spoon, muddle until leaves are bruised and fragrant, about 1 minute. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Remove herbs, squeezing out as much oil as possible; set herbs aside. Whisk butter, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper into oil. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; place turkey neck in roasting pan. Twist wings under back. Fill cavity with parsley, thyme, tarragon, lemon and reserved muddled herbs. Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in roasting pan. Rub all over with herbed oil.

Roast in 325°F (160°C) oven, basting every 45 minutes, until instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of breast reads 170°F (77°C), about 3-1/2 hours. Using tongs, gently tip turkey and pour liquid from cavity into roasting pan. Transfer turkey to platter; tent loosely with foil and let stand for 30 minutes before carving.

Meanwhile, discard turkey neck; pour liquid from roasting pan into heatproof bowl. Skim off fat; set aside. Stir wine into roasting pan; bring to boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits. Whisk broth with flour until smooth; stir into roasting pan along with reserved liquid and 1 cup water. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, whisking often, until thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Strain into gravy dish; serve with turkey.

Nutritional facts per each of 18 servings: about

  • Sodium 271 mg
  • Protein 56 g
  • Calories 290.0
  • Total fat 12 g
  • Potassium 760 mg
  • Cholesterol 184 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 2 g


  • Iron 9.0
  • Folate 10.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Vitamin A 1.0
  • Vitamin C 3.0
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Herbed Roast Turkey