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Ojai Roast Turkey with Rosemary, Lemon, and Garlic

Ojai Roast Turkey with Rosemary, Lemon, and Garlic

"This recipe produces a crispy golden bird with the aromas of lemon and rosemary. A stunning centerpiece for the holiday table."
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3 h 45 m servings 768 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 768 kcal
  • 38%
  • Fat:
  • 40.1 g
  • 62%
  • Carbs:
  • 3.1g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 93.1 g
  • 186%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 309 mg
  • 103%
  • Sodium:
  • 296 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Remove and discard leg truss from turkey. Pull off and discard any lumps of fat. Remove giblets and neck (they're often packed in neck or body cavity) and save for gravy. Rinse turkey inside and out; pat dry. Fill body cavity loosely with rosemary sprigs, garlic, onion, and lemons: if they don't all fit, tuck remaining into neck cavity. Fold skin flap under to hold in place. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, chopped rosemary, lemon peel, and pepper. Rub mixture all over turkey.
  2. Place turkey, breast up, on a V-shaped rack in a 12- by 17-inch roasting pan (or one that is at least 2 in. longer and wider than the bird). Insert a meat thermometer straight down through thickest part of breast to the bone. (If using an instant-read thermometer, insert when checking temperature.)
  3. Roast as directed in chart, 2 to 3 hours. Remove herbs and vegetables from cavities and discard.
  4. Transfer turkey to a platter. Let stand in a warm place, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes, then carve. If thigh joints are still pink (common in an oven-roasted bird), cut drumsticks from thighs, place thighs in a baking pan, and bake in a 450 degree oven until no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes, or put on a microwave-safe plate and cook in a microwave oven at full power (100%) for 1 to 3 minutes.


  • Allow 3/4 pound uncooked turkey per person, or 1 pound if you want leftovers
  • Turkey weight (with giblets) 10 -13 lb. Oven temp 350 degrees Internal temp 160 degrees Cooking time 1 1/2 - 2 1/4 hr.
  • Turkey weight (with giblets) 14 - 23 lb. Oven temp 325 degrees Internal temp 160 degrees Cooking time 2 - 3 hr.
  • Turkey weight (with giblets) 24 - 27 lb. Oven temp 325 degrees Internal temp 160 degrees Cooking time 3 - 3 3/4 hr.
  • Turkey weight (with giblets) 28 - 30 lb. Oven temp 325 degrees Internal temp 160 degrees Cooking time 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hr.
  • Reprinted with permission of Sunset(R) magazine. All rights reserved.

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  1. 25 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

My husband made this for Thanksgiving and it was, BY FAR, the best turkey we ever had. Very moist and flavorful. Could not believe it was so good.

Most helpful critical review

I admit that I don't love turkey so when I saw this recipe had 5 stars I decided to make it for company thinking it must be good. It was nothing special, I've had better.

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My husband made this for Thanksgiving and it was, BY FAR, the best turkey we ever had. Very moist and flavorful. Could not believe it was so good.

This turkey tasted great, was VERY easy to make, and made the whole house smell wonderful while it was cooking.

This was fabulous! I had a a small family gathering for Thanksgiving this year so we down-sized from a 20 lb bird to an 8 lb breast. I used this recipe and instead of stuffing a whole bird with...

I tried this recipe along with the entire Thanksgiving menu and loved it. I didn't even test out the recipe before I served it to my guests. This is so YUMMY!

Absolutely FABULOUS!!! I have also used this recipe for a roasted chicken. So moist! So flavorful! What a great recipe!!

I have found my perfect turkey recipe.

Look no further. This recipe delivers the most beautiful, most delicious turkey ever. My guests gasped when I brought it to the table and the taste was exquisite. I took pictures of nothing b...

My husband and I selected this recipe for our very first thanksgiving together. We've never made turkey before. This recipe was easy to follow. It was a hit! Very juice and flavorful! I suggest...

This is the best turkey ever, soo moist and tender.

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