Ultimate Holiday Roast Turkey

Ultimate Holiday Roast Turkey

The Ultimate Holiday Roast Turkey is the centerpiece of any festive meal. It’s a recipe that has been passed down through generations, and it’s sure to make your holiday celebrations unforgettable. This succulent, perfectly roasted turkey is a labor of love, and the secret lies in the combination of the freshest ingredients and the right techniques.


  • 1 whole turkey (12-14 pounds)
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 4 cups of chicken broth


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C). Make sure your turkey is thawed and completely dry.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the softened butter with the rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, and minced garlic.
  3. Gently loosen the skin of the turkey and spread the herb butter mixture underneath, covering the breast and thighs.
  4. Place the lemon halves and onion quarters inside the turkey’s cavity. These aromatics will infuse flavor.
  5. Truss the turkey with kitchen twine to ensure even cooking.
  6. Place the turkey in a roasting pan and pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the pan.
  7. Cover the turkey with aluminum foil and roast for about 3 hours, basting every 30 minutes.
  8. Remove the foil and continue roasting for another 1 to 1.5 hours until the turkey is golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the thigh.
  9. Let the turkey rest for 30 minutes before carving.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yields: 12-14 servings

The Ultimate Holiday Roast Turkey is a classic recipe that’s perfect for your special occasions. It’s moist, flavorful, and a true showstopper on your holiday table.

Nutritional information (per serving): Calories 450, Fat 25g, Carbohydrates 2g, Protein 52g.

After indulging in this splendid roast turkey, your guests will be asking for seconds. The aroma that fills your kitchen as it roasts is nothing short of a holiday miracle. This turkey is not just a dish; it’s a tradition that brings warmth and togetherness to your holiday gatherings. Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any special occasion, the Ultimate Holiday Roast Turkey will make your feast truly unforgettable.

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