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Welcome back to Plays Well With Butter! I’m Jess Larson, and today I’m sharing my secret Herb Butter Roast Turkey recipe that will make your Thanksgiving or holiday meal absolutely unforgettable. This recipe guarantees a flavorful and juicy turkey that will have everyone at your table obsessed.
The Fear of Roasting a Turkey
Roasting a turkey for a holiday dinner can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never done it before. Dryness, blandness, and the stress of timing everything else on the table can make it seem like a nightmare. But fear not! With this Herb Butter Roast Turkey, everything changes. It’s a classic, herbaceous, garlicky, and buttery delight that pairs perfectly with all your holiday dishes. Plus, it’s ready in just two hours or less.
The Technique: Spatchcocking & Flavorful Butter
To make this roast turkey extraordinary, we’ll start by preparing a spatchcocked turkey. Spatchcocking, or butterflying, is a technique that removes the backbone so the turkey lays flat as it roasts. This ensures even cooking and maximum juiciness. You can ask your butcher to do this for you or check out our How to Spatchcock Turkey video for a step-by-step guide.
The other star of the show is the lemon herb butter. Chop fresh herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano really finely. Fresh herbs are a must for the holidays, as they add a richer and purer flavor. If fresh herbs aren’t available, dried herbs can be substituted. Combine the herbs with lemon zest and finely chopped garlic, and mix them into softened butter. This aromatic compound butter will be the secret to a flavorful turkey.
Seasoning the Turkey with Herb Butter
Once your spatchcocked turkey is ready, pat it dry with paper towels. Lift the skin from the meat and generously slather the lemon herb butter underneath, spreading it all over. This basting technique keeps the meat juicy and flavorful. Season the surface of the turkey with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil for that enticingly crispy skin. Any remaining herb butter can be dotted on the surface of the turkey.
Roasting to Perfection
Transfer the turkey to a preheated oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit and let it cook for 30 minutes. Then, take the turkey out and baste it with the delicious drippings that develop at the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and continue to cook for another hour, basting every 20 minutes and rotating the pan for even roasting. The turkey should reach an internal temperature of 155 degrees Fahrenheit in the thickest part of the thigh and breast. Let it rest, and the carry-over heat will bring it to a safe 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Mouthwatering Result
Look at that beautiful golden-brown turkey! It’s perfectly cooked, juicy, and bursting with the flavors of herbs and butter. Your homemade Thanksgiving turkey has never looked this good. Trust me, this year will be the first time everyone at the table can’t stop raving about the turkey.
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