Butter-Basted Herbed Turkey

This Thanksgiving-perfect, Butter-Basted Herbed Turkey isn't just pretty to look at it, it's got buttery goodness in every bite, too! Thanks to an easy, throw-together herb-butter, your main attraction is gonna have everyone at the table talkin' turkey.
Serves: 12

Cooking Time: 3 hr

What You'll Need:


1 (12-pound) turkey
2 sticks butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 onion, peeled and quartered
2 celery stalks, cut in quarters


What To Do:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for a later use. Rinse turkey with cold water, pat dry, and place in roasting pan.

2. In a medium bowl, combine butter, parsley, poultry seasoning, paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper; mix well. Rub half the mixture over outside of turkey. Place onion and celery in cavity of turkey. Cover turkey with foil.

3. Roast turkey 1-1/2 hours, remove foil, and brush with herbed butter. Continue to cook uncovered 1-1/2 to 2 hours more, or until thermometer reaches 180 degrees in thickest part of thigh, basting with herbed butter every 30 minutes.

Note: To prevent cross-contamination, be sure not to baste the turkey with the herbed butter during the last 30 minutes of cooking.