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Butter-Basted Herbed Turkey

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Updated May 18, 2018
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This Thanksgiving-perfect, Butter-Basted Herbed Turkey isn't just pretty to look at it, it's got buttery goodness in every bite, too! Thanks to an easy, throw-together herb-butter, your main attraction is gonna have everyone at the table talkin' turkey.

What You'll Need

  • 1 (12-pound) turkey
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 celery stalks, cut in quarters

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for a later use. Rinse turkey with cold water, pat dry, and place in roasting pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine butter, parsley, poultry seasoning, paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper; mix well. Rub half the mixture over outside of turkey. Place onion and celery in cavity of turkey. Cover turkey with foil.
  3. Roast turkey 1-1/2 hours, remove foil, and brush with herbed butter. Continue to cook uncovered 1-1/2 to 2 hours more, or until thermometer reaches 180 degrees in thickest part of thigh, basting with herbed butter every 30 minutes.


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Hi test food kitchen, I want to try this recipe for our Thanksgiving dinner. Your recipe calls for a 12 LB Turkey, I have a 20 LB Turkey, will the amount of the ingredients stay the same, or will they have to be increased ?

Hello! We recommend adding an extra half stick of butter and 1/4 teaspoon extra of spices. Enjoy!

Loved it. I also tried cooking it upside down for the first hour, then flipped it for the remainder of the cook time. Most tender turkey I've had yet

I have watched your video and when it comes to washing the bird, now you have contaminated your whole kitchen with campylobacter. There are articles in print on this subject, and your food safety should be your first priority with millions of people watching your videos for helpful advise. You should redo the video leaving out the washing of the bird. If you would like the literature on the subject I would relay that to you. I tell all my establishment "Put Food Safety First", I'm a Public Health Inspector.

You clean the sink and counter after you wash the turkey. Anyone knows that!

Can this method be used when cooking a turkey in a bag?

Yes, you can use the ingredients just don't baste throughout the cooking. Leave the bag closed and the turkey will turn out great!


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