• 0.25 lb unsalted butter

  • 1 Lemon zested and juiced

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh Thyme

  • 1 fresh Turkey 10 to 12 pounds

  • Kosher Salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 large bunch fresh Thyme

  • 1 whole Lemon halved

  • 1 Spanish Onion quartered

  • 1 head Garlic halved crosswise


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • 2.

    Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves to the butter mixture. Set aside.

  • 3.

    Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, halved lemon, quartered onion, and the garlic. Brush the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.

  • 4.

    Roast the turkey about 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 20 minutes.

  • 5.

    Slice the turkey and serve.

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Posted by ghlewReport
This recipe is great! I roasted my turkey in an oven bag and it turned out very moist! Will be doing it again.
Posted by Lynette49Report
i cooked this turkey on Christmas day and it was the best, everyone loved it, thank you.
Posted by Sherry16Report
I made this recipe on Thanksgiving...and was so impressed! So elegant and delicious...I added chicken broth and white wine to the bottom of the roasting pan. The gravy was devine. Can't wait to try this recipe with a whole chicken~
Posted by Sherry16Report
This was so elegant and delicious...added chicken broth and white wine to the bottom of the pan. Made a devine gravy. Can't wait to try this recipe with a whole chicken. Thank you Ina Garten, you are an inspiration~
Posted by William145Report
awasome what can I say...simply awsome
Posted by Victoria149Report
can we please have in modern weight....kilogrames and heat celcious... ta
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See the red bar below the Ingredients that says "Measurement Conversion Calculator?"
Posted by Gaynor8Report
I havent used recipe yet,plan to use it for Christmas Day, however thank you for emailing them to me,I love looking at all of the recipes.
Posted by lyncrtReport
This recipe I did last year for christmas and found everyone commenting on how delicious it was so again this year no worries.