Thyme Roasted Turkey

“It’s easy for flavours to get lost when using too many seasonings together. When in doubt, a simple combination of butter and fresh thyme captures the essence of Thanksgiving for a classic turkey dinner.” —Alma Winberry, Great Falls, Montana

Thyme Roasted Turkey
Thyme Roasted Turkey
Thyme Roasted Turkey
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
12servings 15minutes 3hours + standing
Servings Prep Time
12servings 15minutes
Cook Time
3hours + standing
Ingredients
Portions: servings
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Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix the butter, thyme, salt and pepper. Place turkey on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from turkey breast; rub half of the butter mixture under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks. Rub outside of turkey with remaining butter mixture. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3 to 3-3/4 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads 180°, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.
  3. Discard toothpicks. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes before carving.