It’s a shame that so many people only eat turkey at Thanksgiving – it’s lean, versatile, and delicious. You’ll savor the just-right seasoning in this simple recipe, and you’ll love having leftovers for easy extra meals or the freezer.Ingredients
Makes 12 Servings
3 tbsp grated lemon rind
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp ground thyme
2 tbsp sage, ground (or rubbed sage)
1 tbsp black pepper , cracked
1 tsp salt
1 Turkey, average, skin, raw , 1-12 pound fresh or frozen turkey, thawed
4 cup chicken broth, low sodium (2-16 oz cans)
1 cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Whisk together lemon rind and juice, thyme, sage, pepper, and salt. Reserve.
Take out giblets and neck from turkey, save for another use or discard. Wash and dry turkey. Cut off any extra fat from surface of turkey. Beginning at the neck, insert fingers between skin and meat and gently separate. Tuck wing tips under turkey. Massage the lemon mixture under the skin of the turkey and on the surface.
Add 1 can of broth to the bottom of a roasting pan. Arrange turkey, breast side up on a cooking spray coated rack. Move rack to roasting pan and place a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, being sure not to touch bone. Cook for 1 1/2 hours.
Add another can of broth into the pan and cook another 1 1/2 hours, the meat thermometer should read 180 degrees F. Take turkey out of oven, cover with foil, and let rest 15 to 20 minutes. Take off skin before serving.
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