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Make-Ahead Roasted Whole Turkey

Make-Ahead Roasted Whole Turkey
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Prep Time

< 45 minutes

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Total Time

3+ hours

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Servings

8

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Calories

771

Per Serving

Gluten Free

Ingredients

1 (15- to 16-pound) BUTTERBALL® Fresh or Thawed Frozen Whole Turkey

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 can (15-ounce) low-sodium chicken or turkey broth

Directions

  • 1.
    Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place roasting rack or foil ring on pan, and place turkey on top.
  • 2.
    In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic, salt, thyme, and parsley.
  • 3.
    Pat turkey dry. Rub ¾ cup butter mixture all over skin of turkey to lightly coat. Reserve ¼ cup butter mixture.
  • 4.
    Bake until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into deepest part of thigh (not touching bone) registers 180°F (about 3½ hours). Let cool completely (about 1 hour).
  • 5.
    Carve turkey. Place, skin side up, in a 13x9 baking dish. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Check out our How to Carve video for carving help!
  • 6.
    Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 7.
    In a medium saucepan, combine broth and reserved butter mixture. Bring to a boil; pour mixture into baking dish with turkey. Cover with foil.
  • 8.
    Bake until heated through, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Increase oven temperature to broil. Uncover turkey, and broil until skin is crispy, 4 to 6 minutes more.
  • 9.
    Tip: The turkey can be frozen after cooking for up to 1 month. When you’re ready to serve it, thaw it in refrigerator overnight and heat as directed.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving

Calories771
Total Fat52g
Carbs6g
Protein68g
Trans Fat1g
Sodium1362mg
Sugar3g
Saturated Fat22g
Cholesterol268mg
Dietary Fiber1g