Super tasty recipe for Thanksgiving or any other Turkey occasion! Been using this recipe for the last 5 + years
I used this reciped yesterday on a 20# turkey. I covered the turkey with foil for the first half of the cook time, then uncovered and got that gorgeous golden brown skin with the herbs all over it. The turkey was moist and flavorful. Lots of compliments. The house smelled wonderful. I will definately use this again and use it on a roasting hen (chicken) with perforated lemons in the cavity. This is a new favorite for poultry. Thanks for sharing.
I made this for Thanksgiving-and my first turkey. It came out great. I roasted it in an oven bag for 3 hours (16 lb bird) and the meat was just falling off the bone. Delicious!
IN MY BEST "COMIC BOOK GUY VOICE FROM THE SIMPSONS" BEST TURKEY EVER!!!!!
Best turkey ever! This will be our new Thanksgiving turkey from now on!
This was the best and moistest turkey - family loved it - even the non-turkey people!
wonderful taste...we have done this with chicken and turkey that we baked in the roaster oven. came out wonderful.
This is a fabulous recipe. I'm a fan of brining the turkey first, but if you do that, eliminate the salt from the recipe. I also butterflied the turkey, so I could bake it at 425 for only one hour. It was so moist and flavorful. My family raved about it and asked if we had leftovers for tomorrow! Thanks for my new Thanksgiving turkey recipe!
I used a turkey breast to make sandwiches for lunches for the week..little did I know it was going to be better than any deli turkey I have ever had. With turkey breast at $7.00 and up at the deli..wow! I bought the 6 lb. turkey breast on sale for 6 bucks and we had gourmet sammies all week. Very delicious recipe!!!!
This turkey recipe is on point! So are the reviews! I followed the recipe, but doubled the ingredients, and covered it for the first two hours as two others had suggested, and it was beautiful! I also stuffed the inside with a lg. red onion and orange (both quartered) and the rest of my fresh rosemary and basil. Everyone went back for seconds. I will definitely make this again!
This was soooo good! Made it for the 1st time this Thanksgiving and it was a hit! The only thing I did different was add lemon. This will be my turkey recipe going forward...Thank you for posting it!!!
Good, but I thought the seasonings would have given the turkey more flavor than they did.
This is the best roasted turkey that I have ever made.
Made a fantastic turkey for Thanksgiving; very moist and flavourful. Also used this as a marinade for lamb shoulder (let it sit for a few days wrapped up in foil), and it turned out excellent!
I made this today for thanksgiving and it was a huge hit!!! I may try making it in a bag next time. We had a 16 lb bird and it finished cooking in 4 hours. I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe. The flavor was excellent.
Fantastic turkey! My family decided to have Christmas with the maternal grandparents this year; my grandmother has fresh rosemary growing in her garden, so I wanted to find a recipe to make use of it. I love love love this one! Just a few changes, however. I added a little extra rosemary into the seasoning mixture, as well as a little bit of garlic powder and dry minced onions - maybe 1TBS added extra in all. I didn't have any fresh basil, so I just used dry basil flakes. I also melted a little bit of butter (around 1TBS) and added it to the mixture. After I put the seasoning on the turkey, I cut up 2TBS of butter into 8 pieces and placed it in the breast under the skin. We stuffed the turkey with Uncle Ben's rice stuffing. My 12.8lb turkey cooked just about 5 hours and came out wonderfully browned and juicy. Usually, I hate white meat since it gets so dry, but I loved the white meat on this turkey; it was very moist and flavorful all the way down to the bone. The gravy turned out great as well. According to my grandmother, it's the best turkey she's ever had. Thanks to the poster for a great Christmas dinner! YUM!
I put the spices and the olive oil together the night before and let the oil soak up all the flavor. All I did on Thanksgiving Day was rub it all over the turkey - inside and out - and place the turkey in a "turkey" baking bag for 3 hours. It was great!!
A very flavorful way to make a Turkey. It was tender and moist and my family loved it.
this was my first attempt at roasting a turkey, and I was really happy with how easy it was. the garlic and herbs made the turkey flavorful and made the house smell nice too.
AWESOME, AWESOME ,AWESOME, I followed this recipe to the letter. Very moist and juicy turkey!!!
I also added some melted butter along with the olive oil and seasoning; it made the most succulent bird and instead of water I added some chicken stock to the bottom of the roasting pan and the Turkey gravy was out of this World.
I used this recipe for Thanksgiving (of course)and it turned out wonderfully.
I have been using this recipe since 2005. It's always moist, juicy and delicious. Great recipe!
I've tried several methods for roasting turkey over the years (cooking bags, rubbing with butter or oil, using different herbs and seasonings) but this was by far the best. My search for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey recipe is over. Everyone at the table loved it. Thank you!
Hands Down,,, the best turkey I've ever made. I infused the oil and herbs the night before and let the turkey dry out in the fridge for 4 hours(next year I'll let in dry out overnight). This is now our new family recipe.. my toddlers will be enjoying this and making special thanksgiving memories with the aroma of this turkey recipe in my home for many years to come :)
This is a great recipe. I used it once for Thanksgiving and then again a couple weeks later just because we wanted more tasty turkey. Awesome recipe!
Omg I made this and it was delicious! I cooked turkey breast in the slow cooker for 4 hours on high it was awesome I definitely will be making this again!!
Very tasty and a nice change from the 'traditional' bird. I wanted a turkey recipe that didn't scream Thanksgiving and this was it. The skin was quite easy to separate from the breast and the rosemary and garlic made the whole house smell wonderful. I also put a quartered onion and extra sprigs of rosemary in the cavity. Covered loosely with foil for the first 2 hours to keep it from getting too brown/burned.
I've made this turkey twice. The first time exact to the recipe and found that I was right in my first thoughts that a turkey should always be brined. The brine consisted of 1/2 cup of kosher salt per gal of water and threw in some fresh basil and rosemary and several crushed cloves of garlic. I let soak in the brine overnight. I also tripled the herbs and garlic used melted butter instead of olive oil the second time and rubbed inside the cavity, under and on the skin. used an electronic thermometer and cooked to 175 degrees and let it sit till temp came up to 185 degrees. This way never any mistakes about under or overcooking and works no matter the size of the turkey. everyone said it was the best turkey they ever had and begged for the recipe. think it will also work well without the herbs and garlic in the brine since rub in the cavity and under and on the skin, will try that next time I make this turkey. Remember, for the moistest turkey, "ALWAYS BRINE!!!!"
Great flavor, very tender and moist. I also prepared the oil the night before and added a little more water to pan when cooking. My kitchen smelled heavenly. Not ususally a big fan of turkey but this is a keeper. Leftovers were made into delicious turkey dumplings next day.
This is my new favorite turkey recipe! I even used the remaining rosemary olive oil as a dipping sauce for bread for an appetizer.
Delicious recipe as is. No changes necessary.
This recipe was great. I had never roasted a turkey in my life and everyone raved about it on Christmas Eve. The photograph is mine - so you can see it turned out great. Moist too - yummy!
I have used this recipe since 2005 and everyone that tries it LOVES it. I do add a couple of chopped apples and chopped celery and onion to the center of the turkey, which just adds some flavor (I throw them away after). This is the best recipe. Thanks for sharing!
Its a very good and healthy recipe, but it turns out a bit dry. Next time I would add a bit butter or try my sisters recipe with beer
I also thought that the measurements for the herbs need to be more, so i ended up using up 3 packages of mixed fresh herbs, sage, thyme, and rosemary. (didn't used the italian seasoning). Used about 5 cloves of garlic inside the cavity of the turkey. I marinaded the turkey over night and before this put the turkey in a brine solution. It turned out very moist and flavorful.
We bought a fresh turkey and used this rub - only I used 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary and 1 tablespoon of dried basil and cut the garlic to 2 Tablespoons. we also stuffed the turkey with sausage and sage stuffing. It was the best turkey we have ever had.
We used this recipe tonight for Christmas on a 7 lb turkey breast. It was so incredible moist & delicious, and I'm not a big fan of white meat but this recipe won me over. I stuffed the turkey cavity with fresh rosemary & onion, used only 1/4 cup oil herbs blend. Placed turkey breast side down the first hour, Turned out Perfect. I'm so happy I tried this recipe..Cant wait to try this with roasted chicken, and of course Turkey again.
my husband made this on thanksgiving it came out very good
Delicious turkey. I have made this using chicken, which I think I like better. Only downside of this recipe is that the drippings are mostly olive oil based and a good gravy could not be made. We love gravy with homemade dressing and this was a challenge. Our 12 1/2 lb. turkey was done in 2 1/2 hours and I let in rest for 30 minutes. Very moist and perfectly cooked.
The best Turkey recipe ever! I will so do this from now on.
The seasoning was perfect, but you don't need anywhere close to 3/4 cup of olive oil. I baked this in a bag breast down for 3 hours (25 lb turkey) and then turned over breast up for another hour. It came out very tender and juicy. The herbs and garlic really made this bird extra special. I'll be using this recipe again next time.
This turkey is the most delicious and moist turkey I have every had. Don't stuff it, whatever you do, it takes away the moisture.
Best Thanksgiving turkey I've had in a long time! This is a great seasoning. It would probably work well on roasted chicken as well.
I made this for two years in a row for Thanksgiving. I cook my turkey in a roasting bag and use this to season it, and it is delicious!
This is the first time I made a turkey using olive oil instead of butter, the skin turned out nice and crispy. I started the turkey at 400 for the first 20 minutes then turned the heat down to 325. I also covered the skin with foil for the first half of cooking.
Absolutely wonderful bird. The flavor is perfect! It made for some very, very happy Turkey sandwiches too.
I used a whole turkey breast and wrap in a turkey bag, the flavors in this receipt turn out wonderful.
This was absolutely wonderful! tender and moist and flavorful! I would give it 10 stars if I could!
I followed the recipe exactly except I substituted dry basil for fresh since I didn't have fresh at home. The whole family loved this turkey. Will use this every year!!
Yes this recipe is soo good, moist and tender. I didn't alter a thing in the ingredients and it came out perfect for a 13 lb turkey in about 4 hours. Thanks for a great recipe!!!!
Welcome to my new turkey recipe! This is it, I think, for the rest of my life. It's so fresh, and makes GREAT gravy. One added thing I always do....use carrots and leeks instead of a rack for the turkey - then, when you go to make the gravy, make sure you push the carrots and leeks through a sieve to add all that goodness into the pot. It's really the best possible gravy you could ever have!
I made this turkey last night.My family loved it and the smell was out of this world. Very moist .Didn't need basting.Will do this one for Thanksgiving dinner.
I have made this turkey 4 years in a row. My husband and I only made a few changes. First, we cover for 2 hours then cook uncovered the last 2. We also double the ingredients and place under the skin, on top and in the cavity. This adds a nice rosemary flavor to the stuffing.
I used this last year and it turned out so great! I am looking forward to using it again this year!
It come out perfect, everyone loved it! I'm using this recipe every thanksgiving from now on
I THOUGHT THIS WAS A TOTAL KNOCKOUT-I USED A 10 POUND TURKEY AND THE FLAVOR WAS FANTASTIC.I USUALLY ADD TONS OF THINGS TO MY TURKEY AND IT STILL ENDS UP TASTING LIKE "TURKEY"BUT THIS WAS GREAT ADDED LOTS OF FLAVOR WITHOUT BEING OVERPOWERING FOR MY THANKSGIVING DINNER-AND PRESENTATION OF THE GARLIC AND HERBS UNDER THE COOKED SKIN LOOKS LIKE A MAGAZINE COVER.IT'S LOOKING LIKE I MAY HAVE FINALLY FOUND MY YEARLY BIRD-THANKS SO MUCH.
I been using this recipes along with the Apple Brine (night before) for 4 years. My family loves it! Turkey is always moist and tasty.
This turkey turned out amazing! I followed the directions exactly and it came out perfect! Moist an full of flavor. It was a hit with my family. I will definately make this again!!
This turkey was delicious!! My entire family loved it. I let the turkey sit overnight with the mixture and it really soaked up all the flavor. It was all anybody could talk about at Thanksgiving dinner!
Flavour was great however next time I certainly will not use the full of amount of olive oil - I'll use 1/4 cup of it and the rest broth.
Wonderful, best turkey I have made (out of the 5 Thanksgivings I have been in charge of)! I made this for a Thanksgiving get together in Switzerland and everyone loved this turkey. I soaked the bird in brine overnight, put and apple, garlic, celery and carrot in the cavity but followed the rest of this recipe exactly. Made for wonderful breast meat and excellent gravy. This is how I will be making turkey dinners from now on. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!
I love this recipe, i have used it for a few years now and still love it. To keep it extra moist and half the cooking time i place the already seasoned turkey in an oven roasting bag and seal it with the twist tie thingy. MMMM
I made this for my family tonight, it was delicious! i will be making roast turkey this way again. Highly recommended
We made this for Thanksgiving, and now I'm going to use this recipe again for Christmas. We were surprised at how moist it was without any need for basting!
WOW! This was the moistest turkey we've ever had. Amazing, and the rosemary made it a super yummy gravy! Although the turkey was so moist it didn't need gravey.
Not bad. I didn't use a whole bird, just a breast. Didn't have minced garlic, so I used a bit of garlic powder. I couldn't get the lid on my roasting pan, so I used the tented foil & took other reviewers' advice, using stock instead of water. Bird came out extremely moist. Pan drippings made great gravy.
First time I've ever made a turkey (early thanksgiving for my hubby and friends) all by myself, and it was PERFECT!!! I was even asked for the recipe! THANKS!!
I used this Turkey recipe for Christmas this past year. It turned out to be a huge hit. The herbs give this such a wonderful flavor and it looks great too. I cooked my turkey in an oven bag and it worked fine with this recipe.
Made this last year for thanksgiving and I didn't even think about looking for a new recipe in the past year. This turned out amazing. It was the juiciest turkey I have ever had, and everyone loved it. The only thing I will say is that if you're looking for a crispy skin, this isn't the recipe for you. If you're okay with a good overall turkey though, I highly suggest this.
My new GoTo! Brined the turkey and mixed the rub the night before. Absolutely fantastic!
I've made this recipe on Thanksgiving for years now and it has always been a big hit!
Great way to make turkey! I used an oven bag and it turned out super moist and flavorful!
l absolutely love this recipe that I have use for oven roaster chicken and turkey. So far I have prepared many recipes and plan more in the future.
This looks great. Can't wait to try it. I have one question though. In the past I've used rosemary in pork and lamb by inserting it into little holes made with a knife. I wonder if this insertion method would work with turkey. I've never heard mention of it. Any ideas?
Best turkey recipe ever!
Fantastic Recipe. I make this every time I prepare a turkey. My turkey is never dry and is always moist. Thank you Starr!! I highly recommend all to try this, they will not be disappointed!
I tried this recipe last year and it was a hit! This is the most delicious turkey recipe I've ever tried. It comes out so moist all through the bird that after baking it, the meat just falls right off the bone. The flavor is exquisite if you are a rosemary/garlic lover. This is a winner!
YUMMY!! Firs time I ever made a turkey and decided to try this recipe based off the reviews & the fresh herbs, which I love to cook with. EXCELLENT! I will be making this again!
This turns out great. Extra tender if a butter-soaked cheese cloth is draped over the top while baking!
Very tasty and a delightful tweek on the old standard Thanksgiving Turkey.
first time making it and it was absolutely amazing.
I tried this for Christmas. I used large chicked breasts and they were so moist. My mother loved it. She commented that the house smelled so good. This one is a keeper.
I now make this everything Thanksgiving, (have been since 2010)... it is the BEST. The turkey is so juicy, the aromas are intoxicating.
I forgot to rate this recipe, but I suggested this to my dad for thanksgiving. It was delicious, yum!
Oh my God!!!!!!! This was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe! It made our Thanksgiving!
I made this recipe last year & it was my first time making a turkey my dad has always been the turkey cook in our family. Well that was in AZ & I now live in CO with my husband & to be honest I never liked turkey before I made this one YUMMY!!!! I did do a couple of thing different. I put it in a bag, I used broth instead of water, & in each of the pockets I made for the rosemary mixture I added a squared slice of butter. It was fabulous. WE HAD NO LEFTOVERS!!!! How great is that? Its never heard of in my family. I used an 20lb turkey for 7 people (2 of which r tiny picky eater teenage girls). A lady commented about making stabs in the turkey to push the rosemary into. I just wanted her to know that is not needed. With making the pockets tween the skin & meat it holds the seasoning where it needs to be to allow the meat to soak it up naturally. Thank you soooooooo much for this recipe!!!
OMG!!! Not my first turkey but absolutely my best, most flavorful, moist turkey ever. Reading the reviews first were great. 1) buy a small bottle of olive oil take off the spout and add springs of fresh herbs. I used rosemary, thyme, sage leaves and one clove of garlic sliced. Return spout to bottle and refrigerate a few days prior to making turkey. Note: use whatever herbs you like. 2) took the advice to use carrots and leeks to roast the turkey on. Great tasting will try in gravy but didn't this time. 3) Roasted breast side down first for an hour, then turned turkey breast side up to complete last two hours. 4) Use a foil tent over turkey. 5) stuff cavity with more fresh herbs, an onion wedge, a sliced clove of garlic and rind of a juiced lemon, and splash in some of your flavored oil. WOW! The compliments kept coming.
I prepared my turkey this way for this last Thanksgiving. It was absolutely delicious! I had a lot of family over, and everyone loved it! Truth be told, I'm not a huge turkey fan, but it came out so moist and full of flavor, one couldn't help but love it.
This made a wonderfully flavored turkey for Christmas. I used slightly more rosemary than the recipe called. Very good.
I used this recipe on Thanksgiving and it was the best turkey I have ever made. Extremely juicy and delicious! My family loved it!
Absolutely wonderful for even just a half turkey breast! Homegrown rosemary and basil just put this recipe at the top! Thank you!
A little bland for my taste but, otherwise a very nice turkey. I think a little lemon next time may raise up the flavor. Thanks for sharing!
Very good flavor and the whole family loved it. Great turkey sandwhichs the next day....fabulous. Not just for Thanksgiving folks try this today.
This was fine if you like turkey that's pretending to be red meat. I will personally go with parsley, sage and thyme next time. My hubby said, "It just doesn't taste very turkey-y."