Rating: 5 stars
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  • 1 star values: 6

This Thanksgiving turkey recipe was passed down to me by my mother and grandmother. We would change the recipe a little every year since we never had it written down, but it always turned out incredibly juicy and succulent!

Recipe Summary

cook:
3 hrs 30 mins
total:
3 hrs 50 mins
prep:
20 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
1 15-pound turkey
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a roaster with sheets of aluminum foil long enough to wrap around turkey.

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  • Stir together parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon-pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Rub herb mixture into cavity of turkey, then stuff with celery, orange, onion, and carrot. Truss if desired, then place turkey into the roasting pan.

  • Pour champagne and chicken broth over turkey, making sure to get some champagne in cavity. Bring aluminum foil over top of turkey and seal; try to keep foil from touching turkey.

  • Bake turkey in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until juices run clear. Uncover turkey and continue baking until skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh, near the bone, should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).

  • Remove turkey from the oven, cover with two sheets of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area before slicing, 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

556 calories; protein 69.3g; carbohydrates 4.3g; fat 24g; cholesterol 201.2mg; sodium 680.2mg. Full Nutrition
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