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Lemon Sage Butter Roasted Turkey

Lemon Sage Butter Roasted Turkey. Juicy and succulent, this sage butter roasted turkey with maple roasted vegetables makes a wonderful addition to a Thanksgiving table or any Sunday dinner.

Lemon Sage Butter Roasted Turkey served with Maple Roasted Vegetables.

Lemon Sage Butter Roasted Turkey served with Maple Roasted Vegetables.

Thanksgiving may still be a ways away for our American cousins south of the border. But here in Canada, it is only right around the corner.

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Turkey with all the fixings.

One of the biggest turkey days of the year deserves a great recipe. Here’s a delicious idea for a very flavourful infused butter roasted turkey that your guests will love.

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A fresh, never frozen turkey works best for brining.

The lemon sage butter gets tucked under the skin of the bird to infuse its flavour directly into the meat. It also adds extra moisture to ensure a succulent, juicy turkey.

The cavity of the turkey gets stuffed with extra aromatic lemon and sage do that the flavour infuses from inside and out. If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to depart from your traditional roast turkey, this is the recipe you need.

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Lemon Sage Butter Roasted Turkey.

Some delicious Maple Roasted Vegetables are pictured with this tasty turkey too. 

Maple Roasted Vegetables

Maple Roasted Vegetables

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Lemon Sage Butter Roasted Turkey served with Maple Roasted Vegetables.
Yield: Serves 8 - 10 with leftovers

Lemon Sage Butter Roasted Turkey

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

The lemon sage butter gets tucked under the skin of the bird to infuse its flavor directly into the meat while adding extra moisture to ensure a succulent, juicy turkey.

Ingredients

  • One 10-15 pound turkey
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • zest of one lemon, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage, (or 1 tsp dry sage if fresh is unavailable)
  • 1/2 clove fiinely minced garlic, optional
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 3 springs fresh sage
  • 1 small onion, or large shallot cut in chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat together the butter, lemon zest, salt, pepper, sage and minced garlic until well combined.
  3. Loosen the skin on the breasts and thighs of the turkey by very gently pushing your fingers between the skin and the meat. Be careful not to tear the skin.
  4. Using about a tablespoon of the lemon sage butter at a time, gently push it under the skin all over the turkey.
  5. Pat the outside of the turkey to distribute the butter as evenly as you can all over the bird.
  6. Place the onion (or shallot), lemon and sage sprigs in the microwave for a minute or so to get them heated before stuffing them into the body cavity of the turkey. Preheating them helps these aromatics begin to immediately start infusing their flavors as the turkey roasts.
  7. Tie the turkey legs together with butcher string and tuck the wing tips under the turkey.
  8. Place the turkey on a roasting rack and roast UNCOVERED until the turkey is completely cooked. It is not necessary to baste this turkey.
  9. Turkey generally takes about 20 minutes per pound to be completely cooked but sometimes an unstuffed bird will roast more quickly. I ALWAYS use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature at the center of the thickest part of the breast and thighs has reached 180-185 degrees F. Avoid hitting a bone with your thermometer as this can give an inaccurate reading.
  10. ALWAYS let your turkey rest under a tent of aluminum foil for 20 minutes before carving. This step is essential for a juicy turkey; carving a turkey too early can result in drier meat, especially breast meat.

Notes

The total time for this recipe is an approximation and will depend on the size of the turkey being roasted. Although time per pound is a good guideline, I always use a meat thermometer to ensure the turkey is perfectly cooked. I always recommend taking a reading a half hour or so before the cooking time is up. Individual variances in oven temperature over a long time may actually have the turkey cooked early. Trust the internal temperature of the meat more than your oven setting.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Amount Per Serving Calories 583Saturated Fat 13gCholesterol 268mgSodium 599mgCarbohydrates 1gProtein 70g

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Charlie

Saturday 23rd of March 2019

Barry: I would have thought that as a Newf, you would have used Summer Savory. It really does taste better with the Savory!

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 25th of March 2019

I like to change things up occasionally. It keeps cooking far more interesting, for sure. Not a bad idea to try putting fresh savoury under the skin though. May try that this summer.

jonathan e gibson

Thursday 20th of December 2018

Since it was not mentioned in the post, do you recommend it with this recipe?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 20th of December 2018

LOL! Gotcha! Brain sore after a busy week. Yes, I brine almost all of my turkeys these days. The brine from this chicken recipe could be increased in volume for a turkey. https://www.rockrecipes.com/lemon-thyme-roast-chicken/

jonathan e gibson

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Do you brine the Turkey before preparing to roast it?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 20th of December 2018

Confused. How would brining after cooking be an option?

Donald Casselman

Friday 5th of October 2018

Hi have uou a really good recipe for a blueberry buckle or crisp? Thank uou, Don.

Barry C. Parsons

Friday 12th of October 2018

YUP. Just search for them on this website.

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