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Roast Turkey With Sage

We stuffed the bird with mushroom stuffing, but you can use your own favorite recipe if you prefer.

  • prep: 1 hour
    total time: 5 hours 30 mins
  • servings: 10

Ingredients

  • Mushroom Stuffing
  • 1 whole turkey (12 pounds), thawed if frozen, rinsed and patted dry, neck reserved (giblets discarded)
  • 4 large carrots, halved crosswise
  • 2 large onions, cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 bunches fresh sage, leaves separated from stems (about 1 cup), stems reserved
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350, with rack in lowest position. Prepare and stuff the turkey.

  2. Step 2

    Cut turkey neck into pieces; combine in a large roasting pan with carrots, onions, and reserved sage stems. Set rack in pan (over vegetables); place turkey on rack, breast side up. Rub turkey with butter; season generously with salt and pepper.

  3. Step 3

    Place pan in oven. Pour 6 cups water in bottom of pan; tent with foil. Roast, basting bird every 30 minutes with pan liquids, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh (avoiding bone) registers 125, about 3 1/2 hours.

  4. Step 4

    Remove foil; raise oven heat to 400. Continue roasting, basting occasionally, until thigh reaches 170, 45 to 60 minutes more. Tent with foil if bird browns too quickly; add more water if pan becomes dry. Transfer turkey (on rack) to a rimmed baking sheet; cover loosely with foil while making the gravy.

Source
Everyday Food, November 2004

Reviews (8)

  • 24 Nov, 2011

    I've used this recipe also since it was published, but there was another part where you put the sage leaves under the turkey skin with salt and pepper. I can't seem to find that page of this 2-page recipe.

  • 9 Jun, 2009

    I'd like to add the other steps but my comments don't seem to be popping up so I won't waste my time.

  • 26 Nov, 2008

    Unfortunately this recipe is unable to be fixed at this time. The recipe is from the Nov. 2004 issue of EDF. Feel free to email me at asickelka@marthastewart.com if you need the recipe.
    Thanks,
    Alison

  • 22 Nov, 2008

    I would like to have this recipe. Unable to access.

  • 21 Nov, 2008

    I've made this turkey every year since 2004, but cannot find my copy of Everyday Food November 2004 issue. Today is the Friday I assume you were referring to in your post, Alison. Any luck yet?

  • 21 Nov, 2008

    I've made this turkey every year since 2004, but cannot find my copy of Everyday Food November 2004 issue. Today is the Friday I assume you were referring to in your post, Alison. Any luck yet?

  • 18 Nov, 2008

    Our site is having temporary issues. This recipe should be back up by Friday. Please check back then. Sorry for the inconvenience!

  • 18 Nov, 2008

    i couldn't get the recipe no matter how many times I clicked on it! Is something wrong with this web site?