Roast Turkey


  • One 15lb turkey
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 bundle of garlic cut in half
  • lemon or orange slices


  1. Rinse turkey and pat turkey dry, either out of the package or out of the brine solution. Place turkey on rack of roasting pan or in a large deep pan. Melt butter and spread over turkey skin completely covering turkey. You can also lift skin on the breasts and make a pocket between breasts and skin.
  2. In a small bowl place salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, and parsley and mix well. Sprinkle over turkey, it should stick to the butter. Place seasonings under the skin and onto the breast areas or anywhere you want to cover.
  3. Insert garlic, and lemon or orange into the large cavity of the turkey. (I do this instead of stuffing)
  4. Place in oven at 325 degrees, and follow cooking instructions on purchase label.