Easy Roasted Turkey With a Poultry Herb Blend

I’ve been curious about brining poultry for some time now and wanted to try a brined turkey for Thanksgiving this year. I didn’t have time to go through the process myself and was happy to learn I could purchase one already done. I’d heard brining a turkey produces moist tender juicy results and was thrilled to discover it’s absolutely true, it turned out delicious!

Easy Roasted Turkey With Fresh Herbs

A brine is a mixture of salt and water and other herbs if you like, and letting your turkey have a long soak in the solution gives you a moist tender flavorful turkey for the holidays. I have always felt turkey dinners aren’t just for Thanksgiving and especially from the first of November until New Year’s Day you don’t need any other reason to prepare a wonderful turkey Easy Real Food Recipe for your family and friends.

Since the holidays, or life in general, can be hectic at times I needed to make this recipe as simple as possible. So, I used a disposable roasting pan, a pre-brined turkey and stuffed the turkey with a fresh poultry herb blend of sage, rosemary and thyme, an unpeeled onion and a fresh lemon. Then I basted it with melted butter and generously sprinkled the outside of the turkey with salt, pepper and organic ground sage.

Easy Roasted Turkey With Fresh Herbs

THE AROMATIC INGREDIENTS + A FRESH BRINED TURKEY

I haven’t used a disposable pan in a long time, but when you’re juggling a lot each day, every convenience helps. Hubby made his yummy sage dressing the day before the meal and we popped it in the oven an hour before the turkey was ready. You can use just turkey broth instead of making gravy for a simple lighter sauce, add some of your favorite vegetables, ask someone to bring a potato dish and serve an easy fresh cranberry relish you make ahead of time.

With a little planning and a few shortcuts, you’re all set to enjoy sharing a beautiful healthy meal with the people important to you or maybe a few new friends. The brined turkey turned out even more tender and juicy than I imagined, even tender enough to easily puree some for Mom, who is on a pureed diet due to Dysphagia. I may never cook a turkey or maybe any poultry again without brining it first!

Easy Roasted Turkey With Fresh Herbs

To begin, heat your oven to 400° and then melt a stick of unsalted butter. Cut four stalks of celery the width of the roasting pan, I used them to rest the turkey on in the pan instead of using a roasting rack. Transfer the turkey to the roasting pan, setting it on the evenly spaced celery. Cut the onion and lemon into quarters and stuff the turkey cavities with them. Divide the fresh sage, rosemary and thyme sprigs and put them in the cavities too.

Easy Roasted Turkey With Fresh Herbs

Next, baste the outside of the turkey with some of the melted butter and generously sprinkle the turkey with salt, pepper and organic ground sage. Tuck the wings under the bird and tie the legs together with kitchen twine for more even cooking. Place the turkey in the oven for 45 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 325° and baste with the melted butter once more. Baste every 30 minutes until the turkey is browned, then tent it with foil.

The cooking time depends on the size of your turkey and the suggested time for the size I purchased from Trader Joe’s, 14 lbs., at 325° is 3.75 hours, so begin testing the turkey with a meat thermometer when it’s near done. According to Trader Joe’s cooking instructions, the turkey is done when the thermometer registers 165° and the juices run clear. Let it rest for 20-30 minutes prior to carving. Place the carved pieces on a platter, serve and enjoy!

Easy Roasted Turkey With Fresh Herbs

Turkey is a terrific high protein and low-fat meat, making it an excellent addition to your regular diet. Just avoid the skin to keep the fat low. It’s also a good source of vitamins and minerals including potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium, iron, and zinc. Turkey is so versatile and is one of my favorite foods.

For easy stress-free shopping, find some of my favorite non-perishable recipe ingredients, including Simply Organic Sage, in our Vitacost.com Healthy Living Shop or some of my “Featured Kitchen Favorites” in our Walmart.com Shop or try our Personal Care & Tea Shop. They contain links to online stores where I like to shop.

Easy Roasted Turkey With A Poultry Herb Blend

Prep Time: 20 Minutes     Cook Time: 3.75 Hours     Yield: 10 Servings

Easy Roasted Turkey With Fresh Herbs

Ingredients

  • 1 14 Lb. Fresh Turkey, Pre-Brined (I Found My All Natural Brined, Antibiotic Free, Vegetarian Fed Turkey at Trader Joe’s at a Very Good Price)
  • 1 Stick Butter, Unsalted
  • 4 Sprigs Fresh Sage (I Found a Poultry Blend Package of Fresh Herbs Including Sage, Rosemary and Thyme)
  • 4 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Medium Onion, Cut In Quarters (Leave Skin On)
  • 1 Medium Lemon, Cut In Quarters
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Ground Sage (Find Simply Organic Sage in My Healthy Living Shop)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 4 Stalks of Celery (I Used the Celery to Rest the Turkey on in the Roasting Pan Instead of Using a Roasting Rack)

Notes:  A package of Poultry Blend Fresh Herbs including Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is very convenient and prevents wasting unneeded herbs by buying each herb package separately.

Preparation 

  1. To begin, heat your oven to 400° and then melt a stick of unsalted butter.
  2. Cut four stalks of celery the width of the roasting pan, I used them to rest the turkey on in the pan instead of using a roasting rack.
  3. Transfer the turkey to the roasting pan, setting it on the evenly spaced celery.
  4. Cut the onion and lemon into quarters and stuff the turkey cavities with them.
  5. Divide the fresh sage, rosemary and thyme sprigs and put them in the cavities too.
  6. Baste the outside of the turkey with some of the melted butter.
  7. Generously sprinkle the turkey with salt, pepper and organic ground sage.
  8. Tuck the wings under the bird and tie the legs together with kitchen twine for more even cooking.
  9. Place the turkey in the oven for 45 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 325° and baste with the melted butter once more.
  10. Baste every 30 minutes until the turkey is browned, then tent it with foil.
  11. The cooking time depends on the size of your turkey and the suggested time for the size I purchased from Trader Joe’s, 14 lbs., at 325° is 3.75 hours.
  12. Begin testing the turkey with a meat thermometer when it’s near done.
  13. According to Trader Joe’s cooking instructions, the turkey is done when the thermometer registers 165° and the juices run clear.
  14. Let it rest for 20-30 minutes prior to carving.
  15. Place the carved pieces on a platter, serve and enjoy!

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Author: Dianna

Dianna Donnely is the Author of “Heart Seasons: The Rainbow Revelation” and a Blogger who is passionate about "Easy Real Food Recipes" made with wholesome ingredients. A theme that runs throughout “Heart Seasons” is the heroine Lily’s love of nutritious foods and cooking, making it a natural transition to the next publishing adventure. A series of “Easy Real Food Recipes” cookbooks!

6 thoughts

  1. Yum! Your turkey looks delicious! I’m planning on doing something very similar to this recipe for Christmas dinner. I’ve done a brine before, this really makes me want to try it again.

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