Rating: 4.9 stars
127 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 117
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

The holiday season means it's Turkey Time. I could never figure out why so many people wanted to come over...until they confessed it was my recipe for turkey! Gobble, Gobble! I do not stuff the turkey. I make my own stuffing on the side and serve in a festive dish.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
4 hrs
additional:
15 mins
total:
4 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 roasted turkey
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Rinse the turkey, and pat thoroughly dry with paper towels. Brush the turkey with olive oil, inside and out.

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  • Mix 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and the thyme in a small bowl, and sprinkle the turkey with the mixture.

  • Place the turkey on a rack set in a roasting pan, and roast in the preheated oven for 2 hours.

  • In a bowl, stir together the honey, melted butter, sage, parsley, basil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper, until the mixture is smooth and well blended. Brush the turkey with the honey glaze, and return to the oven.

  • Roast the turkey until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 2 more hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Continue to brush the turkey with the honey glaze frequently as it roasts. Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Cook's Note

Use really good honey, or you can use maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts

829 calories; protein 92.1g; carbohydrates 17.7g; fat 41.1g; cholesterol 283.5mg; sodium 555.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (90)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2010
This recipe by Moira is actually my mom!! Hi mom!! Of course we are an italian family and my mom can obviously cook like no other but I am not a fan of cooking, however this year we were not going to be together so I decided I was going to cook my first turkey ever and I used this recipe. IT WAS AMAZAING!!! I followed the instructions exactly as my mom instructed and it came out so tender, so perfectly cooked! I am going to make this turkey again on Christmas day!! THE BEST TURKEY EVER! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/27/2014
Bad turkey gravy because the glaze made it too sweet and tar-like. Won't do it again Read More
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127 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 117
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2010
This recipe by Moira is actually my mom!! Hi mom!! Of course we are an italian family and my mom can obviously cook like no other but I am not a fan of cooking, however this year we were not going to be together so I decided I was going to cook my first turkey ever and I used this recipe. IT WAS AMAZAING!!! I followed the instructions exactly as my mom instructed and it came out so tender, so perfectly cooked! I am going to make this turkey again on Christmas day!! THE BEST TURKEY EVER! Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2009
Excellent excellent excellent and very easy to prepare. I made a gravy with the drippings and it certainly needed salt (was pretty sweet). Wouldn't change a thing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2009
The Glaze is amazing. I made this for Christmas dinner but did not have a full cup of honey. I improvised and added light karo syrup to get the full cup. I was really happy with that add as it was not a strong over-powering taste that you can get when cooking with straight honey. I also used fresh basil from my garden. The glaze was so flavorful that I also brushed it on the tops of my homemade rolls. They gave a whole new flavor to sticky buns! I am sure you will enjoy this recipie as much as we did! Becky in Arizona.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2010
This is a great recipe. My family loved it. I followed the suggestions of some others and used half honey half karo. (I am not a real big honey fan.) It was great! The gravy was fabulous. I used the juices thickened with flour mixed into a little cream before adding to juice. Flavored with a little balsamic Emeril's essence garlic powder salt pepper. My son doesn't eat gravy but he loved this one. Thanks MOIRA. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2010
I tried this recipe for thanksgiving and it was a hit my turkey was gone that day i only had a little bit left over just to make a small bowl of turkey salad and my mom called me the next day to get the recipe for I loved it It was the best turkey i ever made. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2011
I made this for Thanksgiving last year and everyone loved it! I was afraid it would be too sweet or taste too much like honey but all of the flavors blended perfectly! I made gravy using some drippings and the "savory turkey gravy" recipe and everyone wanted to take leftovers home! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2011
Let me start by saying I do not like turkey on Thanksgiving. I may eat two small pieces but I have never been a big fan. All that changed when I made this recipe. I have never tasted a better turkey and will make this every year and would cry if I ever lost the recipe. YES, it is that good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
I can't even tell you how beautiful this bird was and how tasty the gravy I made with the drippings turned out! Yummmy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
This is funny but I only had light Karo syrup and molasses so I used the syrup and 1 Tbsp molasses. This was the best turkey I've ever made. Definately use again either by the recipe or just like I had to. Thanks so much!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/27/2014
Bad turkey gravy because the glaze made it too sweet and tar-like. Won't do it again Read More
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