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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to take this moment to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving.  May God bless you and your loved ones.

In honor of Thanksgiving I wanted to share my all time favorite Rosemary Roasted Turkey recipe.  Enjoy!

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Select a turkey sized according to the amount of people you will be serving (approximately one pound per person).

Prep Time: Approx. 25 mins.
Cook Time: Approx. 4 hours
Ready in: Approx. 4 hours 45 mins.

Makes 1 (12 pound) turkey (16 servings)

3/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp. ground black pepper
salt to taste
1 (12 lb.) turkey

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2.  In a small bowl mix the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, basil, Italian seasoning, black pepper and salt.  Set aside.

3.  Wash the turkey inside and out; pat dry.  Remove any large fat deposits.  Loosen the skin from the breast.  This is done by slowly working your fingers between the breast and the skin.  Work it loose to the end of the drumstick, being careful not to tear the skin.

4.  Using your hand, spread a generous amount of the rosemary mixture under the breast skin and down the thigh and leg.  Rub the remainder of the rosemary mixture over the outside of the breast.  Use toothpicks to seal skin over any exposed breast meat.

5.  Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan.  Add about 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the pan.  Roast in the preheated oven 3 to 4 hours, or until the internal temperature of the bird reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).

Note:  I use an Oster Roaster Oven which cuts the cooking time down and keeps the turkey very moist.  

I have a sister-in-law that isn't too crazy about turkey, but she did try my turkey which I cooked using this recipe, and she thought it was very good. 

It is really tasty!

(This recipe was originally found on

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