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Roast Turkey with Herb Butter

Recipe photo courtesy of David Loftus

Getting a great-tasting Thanksgiving bird on the table is easier than you might think.

Source: Everyday Food, November 2005
Total Time Prep Servings



Cook's Notes

The herb butter can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. Return to room temperature before using.

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  • MS12120449
    21 NOV, 2017
    My favorite go-to recipe! I use a cheese cloth over the turkey to retain moisture. Removing it at the end of roasting for even browning. I try not to go overboard with the herbs - the turkey is moist and wonderful.
  • MS11223126
    11 NOV, 2017
    I've made this turkey several times. It's a very tasty bird.
  • Maria Q
    28 NOV, 2013
    Great stuffing its not dry is just perfect and very quick to do. Thanks.
    • jageok
      19 DEC, 2014
      Turkey was perfect, but don't forget the gravy. I used 2 cups of 1% milk and 3 to 4 tbsp flour mixed first. Then mix into drippings while cooking. A little salt and pepper to taste. I like a little garlic powder in it too. Yes, its rich -- but we're celebrating!
  • scrapbookingmom2
    1 DEC, 2013
    The turkey was good but with all the butter, I felt like it was sitting in grease. Next time I will not use all of the butter that it called for. As for the stuffing, it was Fabulous!! My husband thought it was a little too sweet though. So, next time, instead of buying the prepared cornbread in the bakery, which tends to be sweeter, I will make my own. That being said, the stuffing was my favorite part of the meal!
  • Tdm22
    24 NOV, 2013
    Hi, has anyone tried this recipe with a different stuffing? Thoughts on switching to an apple herb stuffing?
  • Canbisister
    27 NOV, 2009
    this receipe totally saved my thanksgiving! Thank you sooo much :)
  • nyrja
    9 JAN, 2009
    This was my first attempt to cook Thanksgiving Turkey ever! It came out really tasty and moist. Nevertheless, I must confess I went a bit overboard with the herbs and I think the rosemary was a bit overpowering. I will adjust for the next time.
  • GailAnn
    20 NOV, 2008
    I am looking for the dry brine salt rub recipe Martha did on her show this past Wednesday. My frig is not big enough for a 5 gallon bucket for the traditional brine, and this was a fantastic alternative. Thanks.
  • sgarcia1
    19 NOV, 2008
    elzpine type PERFECT ROAST TURKEY in the search. I believe the recipe you are looking for is the fourth one down the list. Its from the issue Martha Stewart Living | November 1995. I have used this recipe for years and its the best.
  • elzpine
    18 NOV, 2008
    I am looking for the turkey recipe where Martha covered the turkey in cheesecloth Thanks

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