Herb-Butter Roast Turkey

Prep time 15 Minutes       Cook time 4 Hours       Serves 8 People


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1 Butterball Fresh or Frozen Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen½ cup butter, unsalted and softened to room temperature2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely minced2 Tbsp. fresh thyme, finely mincedSalt and coarsely ground black pepperAdditional fresh rosemary and thyme for garnishFresh fruit for garnish (if desired)


  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine rosemary, thyme and softened butter.

  3. Position turkey breast-side up on a wire rack inside a 3” roasting pan. Remove neck and giblets from turkey cavity.

  4. Gently use your fingers to lift the skin of the turkey breast. Smear butter mixture evenly over the entire turkey, gently pushing it under the skin of the breast. Sprinkle turkey all over with salt and black pepper.

  5. Use Butterball Turkey Calculator to determine cook time for the size of your turkey. With half an hour remaining, check temperature using a meat thermometer in the thickest part of thigh, away from the bone. The thermometer should register 180°F (82°C).

  6. Let turkey rest at room temperature for 20 minutes to redistribute juices.

  7. Garnish turkey festively with herbs and/or fruit as desired.

  8. Recipe by Jennifer Pallian

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