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3 Step Tuscan Style Roasted Turkey

Heidi Davison
This Tuscan Style Roasted Turkey recipe is easy and full of flavor. The meat stays moist and the skin gets crispy. Only 3 steps to the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian/American
Servings 8 -10

Ingredients
  

  • For the Turkey:
  • 1 9-13 lb turkey
  • 2 lemons 1 for decoration
  • 1 small onion in chunks
  • 5-8 sprigs of sage
  • Optional: parsley for decoration
  • For the butter barrier:
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped sage
  • zest of 1 lemon about 1 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • For the Baste:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 white wine
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Prepare roasting pan with grill rack or foil balls to keep turkey off bottom.
  • Remove innards from turkey. Clean, rinse, and pat dry.
  • Stuff turkey with onion, lemon, and sage sprigs.
  • Mash all the butter barrier ingredients together.
  • Use fingers to separate the skin of the turkey from the muscle across the breast and legs.
  • Work butter mixture in between the skin and meat covering the breast and legs.
  • Place the turkey in roasting pan on top of rack or foil balls. Leave uncovered.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes then reduce heat to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare basting liquid while turkey cooks.
  • After 1 hour and a half of cooking, baste the turkey and turn it the opposite direction in the oven.
  • Baste 2 more times, 15-20 minutes apart each time.
  • Check turkey at 2 hours and 15 minutes to read the internal temperature.
  • Remove the turkey once a thermometer in the thickest part of the meat reads 160 degrees.
  • Remove and let rest 15-20 minutes