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Orange Thyme Turkey

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: juicy roasted turkey, roast turkey recipe
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 1107 kcal
Orange Thyme Turkey is the BEST roasted turkey recipe for juicy turkey and guaranteed to give you the best drippings to make a flavorful gravy. 
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Ingredients

Turkey Seasoning:

  • 10-12 pound turkey
  • 4 large oranges
  • 4 cloves garlic grated or finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup butter room temperature

Turkey Stuffing:

  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1/2 red onion quartered
  • 5 star anise pods whole
  • 2-3 fresh thyme springs

For Serving:

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Rinse turkey with cold water. Remove any wrapping, plastic pieces, and giblets. Pat turkey dry and allow to sit at room temperature while you prepare the seasoning.
  3. Zest and juice all four oranges, reserving in separate bowls. 

  4. In the bowl of a small food processor, combine garlic, thyme leaves, kosher salt, dark brown sugar, and black pepper. Pulse until coarse paste forms. Add room temperature butter, mix well.* 

  5. Loosen the skin of the turkey with your fingers. Smear butter under the skin. Try to use as much as possible, but if there is any leftover, reserve for inside the cavity. 

  6. Stuff the cavity with orange slices, red onion, star anise, thyme sprigs, and any leftover compound butter.

  7. Truss turkey to ensure even cooking and flavor.
  8. Inject reserved orange juice into all areas of the turkey. 

  9. Place the turkey in the oven, cooking for 15 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees in the breast. If the turkey starts to brown too fast, place a piece of aluminum foil over the browning spots.
  10. Take turkey out of the oven and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes. Garnish with additional orange slices and fresh thyme leaves. When ready to serve,  carve and serve with Red Wine Gravy.

  11. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

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Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Orange Thyme Turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1107 Calories from Fat 549
% Daily Value*
Fat 61g94%
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Cholesterol 467mg156%
Sodium 2036mg89%
Potassium 1456mg42%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 118g236%
Vitamin A 1620IU32%
Vitamin C 63.9mg77%
Calcium 136mg14%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.