Easy Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

Ingredients

  • 12 lb whole turkey, thawed or defrosted
  • 2 garlic heads, sliced in half
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • 4 oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

1
Combine soften unsalted butter with dried basil, half of the olive oil, dried oregano, dried parsley, salt, and ground black pepper; set aside.
2
Place the garlic heads, lemon, rosemary sprigs, thyme sprigs, and remaining olive oil in the turkey cavity.
3
Rub the outside of the turkey with the herb-oil-butter mixture.
4
Place the turkey in a roasting pan lined with parchment paper.
5
Roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit uncovered.
6
Continue roasting the turkey for 1 hour at a reduced temperature at 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
7
Remove the turkey from the oven and cover it with a tin foil.
8
Let it rest for 20 minutes before carving.
9
Serve.

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