Citrus Mustard Basted Turkey

Prep time 25 minutes       Cook time 3+ hours       Serves 12 persons


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1 Butterball ® Fresh or Frozen Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen½ cup softened unsalted butter3 Tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon3 Tbsp. chopped fresh marjoram2 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage1 Tbsp. lemon zest1 Tbsp. orange zest2 Tbsp. Dijon-style mustard½ Tbsp. kosher salt¼ tsp. ground black pepper

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  1. Preheat oven to 325 °F. Combine butter, herbs, zest, mustard, salt and pepper in work bowl of blender or food processor; cover. Process until well blended.

  2. Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities of turkey. Reserve giblets for stuffing recipe. Drain juices from turkey and dry turkey with paper towels. Turn wings back to hold neck skin against back of turkey.
  3. Remove butter mixture from blender. Carefully work fingers under skin on breast of turkey. Place half the butter mixture under breast area. Rub remaining butter mixture over breast and legs of turkey.
  4. Place turkey, breast side up, on a flat rack in a shallow baking pan. Roast turkey approximately 1-½ hours. Then, cover breast and top of drumsticks loosely with foil to prevent overbrowning.
  5. Roast turkey another 1-½ hours, or until meat thermometer reaches 180°F; when inserted into the deepest part of the thigh.
  6. Let turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.